Considering the age profile of some referees, a recruitment drive for new referees has to be a priority for 2012, according to South Board secretary Noel Byrne.
“Clubs will be asked to assist in this recruitment drive and to provide potential candidates for this onerous task to enable our games to continue into the future. I would ask that every club has at least one referee”.
The secretary has extended his thanks to the referees in the division for their excellent service to the Board over the past year. He also expressed his gratitude to co-ordinator Seamus Mullins and the referees committee, who played an important role in organising, training, assessing and monitoring the role of referees.
“We played 295 games over the past year with a referee available for every one of them. When you add in the juvenile games, challenge games, county games the Mini Feiles in hurling and football and the inter-county games for those on that panel, then you realise what a busy year they had and how important their contribution is to the Board.
I congratulate all those honoured to referee at inter-county level over the past year and wish them a bright future at this level. The best way of saying thanks to our referees is to respect them and I appeal to all our clubs to put respect for referees high on your agenda for the coming year”.