Time for clubs to play ball with programmes
Clubs who fail to provide teams for county championship games face a fine of €400.
It had been proposed by the Public Relations Committee that they stop the production of programmes for the group stages of the championship owing to the problems encountered last year.
County Chairman, Diarmuid Devereux, told the County Board meeting that last year they had to hand money back as the result of complaints over team line-outs. He said it's a simple thing to hand the player the jersey numbered on the programme but this did not happen. Last year the clubs gave an undertaking that they would co-operate but they failed to adhere to this.
He said that for this year clubs who fail to provide teams would have a fine of €400 imposed. The only other alternative was to do away with programmes. He said it's not fair on customers, not fair on the media and not good from a marketing point of view.
Meanwhile, preparations for the Model County Draw are under way with the draw now being called the Club Super Cash Draw.
While there will be a slight change in the prize format, the draw will still carry the same financial prizes as previously. Tickets will once again be priced at €50.
Last year monies from the first one hundred tickets sold by clubs went to the County Board to meet their annual bank repayments of €170,000 towards their debt of €1.5m.
It is hoped to commence the draw earlier this year, with the clubs receiving full information at the February County Board meeting.
In other news, Friday is once again designated as club training night. All inter-county managers must release players for club training on that night..
County Chairman, Diarmuid Devereux, told delegates the launch of Féile Peil will take place on May 14.
He said that dignitaries will visit the county, with the visits taking in schools and clubs on the day.