Emergence of new clubs a good sign
Brendan Furlong reports on Coiste na nOg Convention
The number of new clubs emerging on the roll of honour was described as heartening by Chairman, Bobby Goff, at the annual Coiste na nOg Convention held in the Ferrycarrig Hotel on Monday of last week.
While new names emerged in football, he said it was also most pleasing to see so many new clubs enjoy success in hurling.
However, he added that it's unfortunate that they will not have St. John's or Wygram Gaels in 2016, but he hoped that into the future they would have a sustainable second hurling club in Wexford town.
The Chairman said that the number of games for the year stabilised at 2,100 which was a remarkable figure, while they also had many more tournaments. He said this in turn gave the young players quite a lot of games, while at present the coaching office is reviewing the games programme for 2016.
Referring to the inter-county scene, Goff said it had been an inconsistent year.
The Minor hurlers won the league and did very well against Kilkenny in the championship, only to lose to Westmeath, while the Minor footballers did very well but went out to Dublin in the championship.
He thanked both Minor managers, Larry Coleman (hurling) and Pat O'Rourke (football), for the time and effort put into the teams. He welcomed on board the new management teams and wished them well for the coming year.
He went on to refer to the progress of the development squads, with the hurlers winning the Tony Doran Under-17 tournament, but football was the real success story given their achievements over the past twelve months.
Referring to the education sector, Goff said the Association in the county is very well served by our schools and colleges.
He appealed to every club to give their support to the schools and colleges in the way of manpower and the like.
They also had Hurling 365 which so far has been a real success story, and he informed clubs that should they seek further information, Denis Cadogan is always available to speak to them.
He congratulated Good Counsel College on winning the Leinster Senior and Junior football titles, and St. Peter's College on reaching the All-Ireland Senior hurling semi-final.
On discipline the Chairman said he was happy to see that they had no incident of note to report, adding that clubs know what the G.A.A. motto is: 'give respect - get respect'.
He said that their biggest achievement this year was the hosting of the All-Ireland Féile finals.
He said that the parents and clubs were the unsung heroes of what was a marvellous weekend. He thanked them for the céad míle fáilte accorded to the visiting clubs, officials, players, parents and supporters.