A recuritment drive for new referees must be a priority in 2014, says Seamus Mullins in his report.
He says - “My sincere thanks to all the referees in the division for their excellent service to the board over the past year. I would like to thank all the umpires who assist referees at all games in the division and county.
This year we had two referees co-ordinator, Victor Direen, who had to stand down, and John Lonergan who took over until the end of the year.
“I thank both men for their help. The referees committee lead by chairman Miceal McCormac and secretary Brian Tyrell play an important role in organising training and monitoring of referees.
“We played over 200 games over the last year with referees available for all but one game. When you add in the juvenile games, challenge games, county games, schools in hurling and football and inter county games you realise what a busy year they had and how important their contribution is to the board.
“A recruitment drive for new referees has to be a priorty in 2014.
“I would ask clubs to assist in the recruitment and to provide potential candidates to enable our games to continue into the future and I hope that all clubs would have at least one referee in 2014.
“John lonergan was the county co-ordinator for the last five years and he is standing down after afer his term.
“He gave great commitment to refereeing in the county and I thank him and wish him well”.