‘Some clubs want to play when it suit them” says South Board secretary

Some clubs think it’s okay to play matches when they want and not when fixed by the Fixtures Committee, secretary Seamus Mullins says in his annual report to the South Tipperary GAA convention this Friday night.

Some clubs think it’s okay to play matches when they want and not when fixed by the Fixtures Committee, secretary Seamus Mullins says in his annual report to the South Tipperary GAA convention this Friday night.

He says the Competition Control Committee had a busy year meeting every Sunday during the peak season planning and fixing over 200 games.

“The chairman and secretary attended the county C.C.C. meetings on Monday nights as this was necessary to ensure that we played our part in the overall fixture programme.

“The usual difficulties were experienced over the year trying to accommodate the inter county scene in a year that saw our minor footballers in the All Ireland quarter final and the intermediate hurlers winning the All Ireland for the second year in a row, - plus the hurling and football leagues, the Munster championship,Leaving Cert and college exams all have an inpact on our fixtures.

“Another problem is at the start of the year the C.C.C. send out a master fixtures plan with start and finish dates of our championship for our competitions,but what catches us on this is we don’t know how tipperary will progress in the championships - they might go straight through or they could go down the qualifier route and then send us into the unkown.

“There’s also the dual club and dual player which causes its own problems plus some clubs think it’s ok to play when they want to play and not when they are fixed to play.

“I would to thank the clubs in the division for their help and co-operation in advancing our fixtures programme. Also thanks to Hugo Browne and Catherine Mockler who are an important part of the fixtures committee for their help and co-operation during the year”.