Monday 23 October 2017

Joint fixtures book favoured

Clara Donnelly of Shelmalier takes on Clonee's Cathy Kavanagh in the Division 1 league final in Bree on Wednesday. Shelmalier won to complete a grand slam of Senior and Junior 'A' championships and leagues
Clara Donnelly of Shelmalier takes on Clonee's Cathy Kavanagh in the Division 1 league final in Bree on Wednesday. Shelmalier won to complete a grand slam of Senior and Junior 'A' championships and leagues
The Clonee panel prior to the defeat in the Division 1 league final
The Shelmalier squad before their league final win in Bree on Wednesday

The Ladies' football Convention, held recently in the Ferrycarrig Hotel, began with the minutes of the previous Convention read out by the Secretary, Yvonne Flynn. Yvonne went on to read a very detailed Secretary's report for 2015.

This was followed by an equally detailed Treasurer's report by Karen Scallan. Sharon Drennan gave a fixtures report and stated that Wexford ladies' football and camogie had been working together over the last couple of years.

The fact that the joint fixtures book was brought out again last year was a good sign, but clubs themselves needed to work closer with each other.

The floor was asked did they want the fixtures book to continue or go back to separate books. The majority said they wanted a joint book, which was a great help for the two codes to be able to work together in this manner.

Co. Chairman Denis Nolan thanked his fellow officers for all the hard work they are doing behind the scenes.

Tom Whelan, outgoing Development Officer, gave a report on developments in the county and where they are hoping to go in the future.

When it came to motions, Baile Dubh Tíre noted that the rule of all girls getting to play one-quarter of the game was not being followed and this needs to be enforced.

There were a lot of suggestions as to how this competition could be run, such as having the finals 15-a-side with unlimited substitutes, but this was not agreed upon as that would be like changing the rules.

It was felt that by all girls having to play at least one-quarter of the game they were learning their football skills. After a discussion it was agreed that for county finals the development committee would look after enforcing this rule. Davidstown-Courtnacuddy wanted more flexibility with fixtures and they also felt there should be a photographer at all county finals. It was agreed to try more flexibility within reason but it could lead to a backlog of matches if the games were not kept on a tight rein. It was also agreed to ask the papers to all county finals.

Clonee suggested that we try to have all league games over by June 1 and Minor to be finished by September 1 before girls go back to college.

Fixtures have tried to do this but, if they start games too early, girls are still playing soccer and working and the evenings are too short.

However, the new fixtures committee said they would look at it again. They also asked that where possible we would keep games north and south for under-age.

St. Martin's asked that longer time be given between semi-finals and finals as they had to replay their semi-final and play a final within a week. It was explained that due to county teams the semi-final had to be moved closer to the final.

They also asked that Under-14 start later in the year and not to have finals until September. It was explained that a number of years ago clubs asked for two rounds of Under-14 to be played before Wexford run their Féile so they would know if they had a team to enter.

Rathgarogue-Cushinstown asked why an Under-10 blitz was not run by County Board when it was in the fixtures book? They were informed that clubs could not or would not host these days or take part in them.

They also felt that referees should have umpires for semi-finals and finals. Some referees did have them and they were all asked to bring them, but the question was posed: what are we to do if they don't have them on the day?

It was suggested that the game should not go ahead but the feeling from the floor was that this would cause a backlog of games.

They also suggested that clubs with county players should be asked to play more league games without them.

It was agreed that this would be discussed at a fixtures County Board meeting.

Kilmore suggested that all league games are played before championship starts and that league semi-finals and finals are played in May, with championship to start at the end of June.

They also suggested that Senior, Intermediate and Junior championship finals should be played in Wexford Park.

Denis Nolan said it was very hard to get Wexford Park but fixtures committee members have tried over the years.

Some people on management wanted the deadline for player permission for a girl to play with another club moved out to March 31. After a discussion it was agreed that this date should stay at January 31 for both under-age and adult as March 31 would be too late for grading and fixtures.

It was agreed that county team management be given the right to pick their own captain, not necessarily from the club championship-winning team.

It was also agreed that no adult game be called off due to a county Under-16 match.

Wexford People