Wednesday 21 August 2019

Clubs to have say on fixtures next month

It appears that Fethard isn't the only G.A.A. club up in arms over recent decisions made by the C.C.C.C.

Their Chairman, George Foley, outlined the plight facing the seasiders in last week's edition when a request for an Under-21 postponement was interpreted as the concession of a walkover.

The ink was scarcely dry from that story when all clubs received a letter from Co. Secretary, Margaret Doyle, stating that 'the current fixtures situation is causing concern for many clubs who have advised County Board of these concerns.

'As a result it has been decided to hold a County Board meeting on Wednesday, September 16, in the Riverside Park Hotel to discuss fixtures and if possible find solutions to the logjam that arises at this time of year.'

Items expected to be discussed include: fixtures plan; player burn-out/number of games; under-age fixtures affecting adult fixtures; Under-21 hurling and football championships; schools/colleges; county teams.

Clubs are being asked to submit ideas or suggestions that they feel would help to alleviate the congestion. All correspondence must come from the club Secretary, by e-mail, to the G.A.A. Office no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, August 28.

It's good that this meeting is being held when the championships are still in full flow and so many clubs have genuine grievances. Often times a club will have a gripe during the summer but, when the time comes to table a motion at the end of the year, they don't follow through on it.

And then if and when the same thing happens, they will blame everybody bar themselves. This time there's absolutely no excuse for each and every club to speak up.

Wexford People

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