In his first report as West Board secretary, Michael Long says it was a source of regret for him that some competitions were not played this year.
“The divisional CCC has done its best to find a solution to this problem, but without success. The decision to play the Crosco Cup and the O’Donoghue Cup in the format proposed at last year’s Convention may I think have been unwise. In my opinion this should be addressed this year”, he says at this Wednesday’s convention in Cappawhite.
Mr Long says that his year saw the publication of The Premier Plan, the County’s strategic vision and plan for the next five years.
He says - “This is an excellent document (if aspirational in parts) and I compliment all concerned in its compilation. Following on from the publication of the National Strategic Plan and County Strategic Plan all clubs are now asked to complete a plan for the next five years. It is recognised at National and County level that the club is the bedrock of all GAA activities and it is important that clubs continue to grow in a positive manner.
“I wish to thank our hard working CCC. This year CCC meetings were held on Saturday mornings and this allowed publication of fixtures by Sunday. I thank the County CCC for their help and advice, and in particular Tom Maher for his assistance with Servasport.
“Without referees our games could not take place, I thank all referees in the division for their cooperation. This year saw the introduction of the Servasport Competition Management System in our division and I thank all our referees for using the Servasport SMS. It is good to see the results of games on the Tipperary website ( www.tipperary.gaa.ie ) within a few minutes of a game finishing, simply because a referee has texted the score. I thank our referees coordinator Stevie O’Donnell for his work in the division and on the County referees committee.
“I wish to thank my fellow officers, the hands-on approach shown by Roger Kennedy, Sean Bradshaw and Seamus King was necessary this year in particular.
“A word of thanks to Tim Floyd for his help and courtesy to us at all times. I also put on record my appreciation for the work of all the County Board Officers.
“I wish to recognise the tremendous work done by Bórd na nÓg under the stewardship of Joe Hammersley, Paddy Fitzgerald and John Joe Morrissey. This year saw the abolition of the under 12 championship and the introduction of Go-games. I think Bórd na nÓg coped very well with what was a shock to the system.
“I wish to put on record the excellent cooperation and support received from all club secretaries and indeed all club officers, I also thank clubs who made their fields available to the Board especially during adverse weather conditions”.
Mr Long says as with other years this year has also brought change, none more so than the retirement of esteemed colleague Jerry Ring at last year’s Convention. “I would like to congratulate Jerry on his many years of distinguished service to the GAA at Divisional and County level. Ní beidh a leithéad ann arís. Surely this rule will be seen by the powers that be for what it really is in the not too distant future.
“I wish to thank our PRO Seamus King for his work on reporting on all matches in the division. The coverage our games get in all the local papers is excellent and due entirely to Seamus. I also thank Stevie O’Donnell for advertising and promoting our games on local radio.
On the games front, Mr Long says -
“This year was not without success in the Division and I congratulate Aherlow on their victory over Gortnahoe/Glengoole in the Intermediate Hurling County Final and I look forward to their participation in the West Senior Hurling Championship in 2012. I congratulate Arravale Rovers on winning the County Under 21 A Football Final. Clonulty/Rosmore were again successful in the West Senior Hurling Championship, but were unlucky to be beaten by Drom and Inch in the County Final. This year was a huge success for football in the county and I congratulate the County Minor Football Team on their All Ireland victory over Dublin. A special word of praise for the West players on the panel: Dylan Fitzelle and Gearóid Slattery Cashel King Cormacs; Conor O’Sullivan Galtee Rovers; T.J. Ryan Rockwell Rovers; and Thomas O’Donoghue Lattin/Cullen.