County Board News for Sept

County Board News Up-Date

1 Sligo GAA County Board Development Draw:

The Date for the Sligo GAA County Board Development Draw has been deferred to Sunday 6th of October. The Draw will now take place in Markievicz Park at half time during the Senior Football Championship Final between Tubbercurry and Tourlestrane.

7 Prizes are Up for grabs: 1st Prize €1,000:   2nd €500: 3rd €100: 4th €100:

5th €100: 6th €100: & 7th €100. The County Board would kindly ask all GAA supporters in the County & further afield to support this fundraising initiative. Tickets are Available from all members of the County Board Executive & All Clubs in the County! Thank you for your Continued Support

2 Ard-Chomhairle report to County Board:

Scór Competitions:    The following decisions were taken. That the Novelty Act be discontinued in its present form and that the National Scor Committee be requested to introduce a new competition to replace it. That the National Scór Committee be requested to draft guidelines, to be approved by Coiste Bainistí, for the Recitation competition.

That the Tráth na gCeist be removed from Scór as currently structured. Instead, a Table Quiz would be held in each county with the county winners participating in a National Table Quiz to take place in Croke Park. (I have met with our County Scor Committee at their request and explained the rationale behind these proposed changes. They are in general agreement that the Scor competitions do need a reappraisal at this stage.)

Gambling & the GAA:    A draft document containing material and guidelines to be included in an information campaign on concerns around gambling was accepted. This campaign will target all GAA clubs and inter-county players with advice and guidelines about the dangers of gambling.

Hurling Development Plan:    The Uachtarán reported on a meeting that had taken place recently with 16 counties to discuss progress on the delivery of the Hurling Development Plan.   A meeting with the remaining counties is scheduled for 11 Meán Fómhair.   The Uachtarán stated that he intended to defer discussion on possible amendments to the Plan until the next meeting of Ard Chomhairle when the views of all counties will be known. National Club Draw:    The Ard-Stiúrthoir said the arrangements for this have proven very complex.  Licences north and south won’t be in place until October. A proposal prepared by the Association’s legal representatives in relation to the structure of the Draw was discussed in detail.  The following was agreed: Draws to take place on St Patrick’s Day. All proceeds will go to clubs. Tickets sales will be confined to individuals i.e. Club name not accepted on tickets.

Directive: The following has been issued to counties.  ‘Biting’ shall constitute a Category III Infraction.  In relation to an alleged ‘biting’ incident, a Competitions Control Committee shall propose a minimum penalty of eight weeks suspension.

Entry to Pitches: A new policy restricting entry of unauthorized persons to pitches at half-time and between games has been adopted.  Details of this [policy will be communicated to counties between September and December this year and the policy will have to be built in to County Safety Statements from 1st January, 2014.

All-Stars Banquet:   This will be held in Croke Park this year for the first time. The last few years it has been held at the National Convention Centre and prior to that at a hotel.

3 Coaching & Games Report:

Padraig Clancy Coaching Officer reported on the follow:

The Kelloggs Cul Camps finished up in the last week of July with 1240 kids taking part in a very successful and enjoyable camp! An U-14 3 day camp was held with 80 players taking part in a Connacht Blitz. The U-15 squad are continuing their training programme, having played and beating Leitrim, Antrim, Carlow and Roscommon. They also, took part in a Connacht Blitz last weekend. The U-16 Development are going extremely well, winning the Ted Webb Shield & unlucky to be defeated in the Manning Shield by Kildare.

They also competed in the National blitz beating Limerick & Roscommon & losing to Kildare. An U-12 & U-13 two day skills camp took place in Owenmore Gaels grounds with 72 kids taking part. The Coaching Committee of Croke Park had a mid-term review with the Sligo Coaching Committee & they were very happy with the progress of Sligo’s coaching plans.

The U-14/16 Hurlers took part in a national blitz at the weekend. The U-16’s reached the over-all semi-final losing to eventual winners Down. The U-14’s retained the National Plate.

Our Coaching staff are preparing for another season of coaching in schools around the county. Well done to the Coaching committee who are continuing to work on helping to fundraise for under age development and we would like to thank most sincerely EJ’s Menswear & Flanagan’s Cycles for their financial support in sponsoring jerseys for the development squads.

The Coaching Officer Padraig Clancy thanked Charlie Harrison for his work done so far as a GPO (Games Promotions Officer) with Sligo as he now takes a 9 month leave of absents from his role to return to study for a H. Dip. And Padraig said he looks forward to seeing Charlie return next June. The County Executive would also like to express their gratitude to Charlie for his work as a G.P.O. and wish him well in his studies for the coming year and also looking forward to welcoming him back next June! In the mean-time, Interviews were conducted for a replacement for Charlie and the successful candidate was Jason Farrell of Owenmore Gaels. Padraig Clancy thanked Gerry O’Connor Secretary of the County Board and Denis O’Boyle of Connacht Council for sitting in on the interviews. All the candidates were thanked for taking the time to go for interview & wished them well in the future and it was noted that there was a very high calibre of coaches for interviews. The coaching committee look forward to working with Jason Farrell for the coming months.

Connacht Council have informed the county that they have a strength & conditioning coach Cathal Cregg (Roscommon County Footballer) and he is available to all Counties, development squads & clubs.

4 Saturdays Double Header in Markieivicz Park

The Division 3 Title was up for grabs last Saturday afternoon in the opening game where Cloonacool and St. Michaels battled for the Division 3 title. St. Michaels emerged victorious on a scoreline of 1-12 to Cloonacools 1-6. This Division 3 final was followed by the eagerly awaited first of the Belfry Senior Football Championship semi-finals between St.Molaise Gaels and Tubbercurry. In an entertaining game Tubbercurry emerged victorious to reach their 1st Senior Championship since 1991!

5 Sundays Double Header in Tubbercurry

The Belfry Senior Relegation Final was the opening game in last Sunday’s double header with both Coolaney/Mullinabreena and Bunninadden doing battle for the hope of avoiding the drop to Intermediate Championship for next year! In an enthralling final Coolaney/Mullinabreena emerged victorious with the narrowest of margins on a score line of 1-12 to 1-11. In the second game it was a battle of the big guns, Curry 2012 defending champions up against well tipped Tourlestrane for the final place in the this year’s Belfry Senior Football Championship against near neighbours Tubbercurry. This tie was expected to be the game of the championship in many GAA followers eyes across the county but unfortunately it failed to live up to expectation as Curry really failed to show on the day. Tourlestrane were eager to get back to the top of the pile in Sligo GAA with an impressive win on a score line of 14pts to 4 to reach the Belfry Football Championship of 2013 against near neighbours Tubbercurry on Sunday 6th of October.         

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