The 84th convention of the West Tipperary GAA Board will take place in the Clonoulty GAA Centre on this Friday. December 14, at 8 pm.
This is the first time for the convention to be hosted by Clonoulty-Rossmore Club and it will be an occasion for the club to show off their very fine facilities, the construction of which commenced in 2009 on the occasion of the 125th anniversary of the foundation of the GAA.
The convention will see the election of a new chairman with the outgoing, Roger Kennedy, standing down after his three years in office. Tom English of Eire Óg is the automatic choice as his replacement as he is the only nomination for the position. As a result the convention will lack the excitement that a contest brings to the meeting.
There is only one nomination for the position of vice-chairman also, with Roger O’Connor of Arravale Rovers to be elected to the position. As he is the outgoing Bord na nÓg representative his election will require a replacement in this position.
There are six motions for debate. Two of these are proposed by the Lattin-Cullen club and are concerned with the under-21
championship. The first proposes that the under-21 hurling championship be run in conjunction with the under-21 football as this would help clubs keep players together. The second motion proposes that the under-21 championship be run at 12 or 13 aside.
Clonoulty-Rossmore have a motion on the senior hurling championship. They propose that the championship be played as one group with the top four teams qualifying for the semi-finals.
There is also a motion on the Crosco Cup and the O’Donoghue Cup competitions. There were played as a seven-a-side blitz in one day
this year. Golden-Kilfeacle want to have them revert to their previous status of 15-aside competitions.
Treasurer, Sean Bradshaw, reports an increase in gate receipts of nearly €4000. This really bucks the general trend and is good to report. However, on closer examination there were special reasons for this result. Local rivalry between Cashel and Rosegreen in junior hurling generated a gate of €683 in the league section at New Inn and €1,050 in the final at the same venue. These two games between them took in €1,733 whereas the remaining 24 games brought in €1,950.
Similarly, the intermediate football championship was good for income, featuring Cashel and Kickhams. The drawn game produced a gate of €1,026 and the replay €564, which was more than all the other games in the championship.
In contrast the numbers attending the senior hurling championship games were down as were the number of season tickets purchased in the division.
In the course of his report, Runaí, Michael Long, comments on the level of volunteerism which ‘seems to be fading fast’. He also refers
to the club versus county conflict: ‘The club versus county conflict has been on the boil for a long time, is it not time that equal recognition was given to club players.
Club championships should not be effected by inter county activities. This year we had a situation where our Intermediate Football Final replay was ordered off by the County because of one player while the remainder of the county panel were allowed to play for their clubs on the following weekend. This kind of inconsistency does very little for the morale of clubs and players.’
He also calls for courtesy and respect for referees and goes on to berate the Revenue Commissioners for taking ‘an interest in the paltry sum a referee gets for each match.’