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Club Notes - 16th January 2012

posted Jan 15, 2012, 4:16 PM by Unknown user

Championship Structures

The first meeting of the year of the Waterford GAA county board goes ahead on Monday 16th January, where the format for the coming seasons championships will be discussed with various options debated. The agreed formats will be formally voted on & adopted on the following Monday night, 23rd January. An outline master fixture plan was issued to all clubs before Christmas, which indicated a change to the senior football championship with 2 groups of 6, with 3 games being played between mid April & early May, before a break till the 4th match in July, & the 5th match being played in August. This appears to have been favourably received by most of the clubs & is the same as the hurling championship format, which was played for the last 2 years. Indeed, this format was proposed for the football by the clubs last year & appeared to be adopted, before it was mysteriously defeated on a second vote. Hopefully common sense will prevail this year & there will be no hiccups in the adoption of the proposal. If it is adopted, it will mean we will be guaranteed 5 championship senior football matches between April & August, instead of 3 that we had for the last number of years. This will make it easier to motivate players & give us more matches to target in training, & give all teams a better chance of qualifying for the knockout stages, & even though it will make it slightly busier for the dual players, every player will tell you they play football & hurling in order to play matches, & not to train over a hundred times a year in order to play a handful of games.

In the junior championship, it is possible that it will be changed to an all county competition, which will make it more interesting & varied for our juniors, especially after securing the county title in 2011. We await the outcomes with interest.

Transfers & Regrades

Paul Shankey, the Meath native who was a member of our senior panel for the last 6 years, has decided to transfer to Portlaw for the coming season, where he lives with his wife & family. The club would like to wish him the best with Portlaw in the Intermediate championship. There are a number of players from both within & outside the county due to transfer to us in the coming weeks, & we welcome them all on board & will publish details when the transfers are finalised.

The following players have been regarded from senior to junior for the coming year:

Donal Larkin, Liam Walsh (Ballinafina), Mervyn Cummins, Michael Sexton, Ronan Crotty, Tony Power.

5 Year Strategic Plan

Our 5 year strategic plan for the future development of the club is being launched & presented this Wednesday, 18th January, at a county board function in Passage East, along with the plan of a few more clubs in the county. Hopefully the plan will guide us in the right direction in the coming years, both on & off the field of play. We will publish a copy of the plan on the club website in the coming weeks. The club would like to thanks the special sub-committee of Joe Murray, Declan Hahessy, Bridget Gough, Kenny Hassett, Ger Power & John Crotty for putting the plan together over the winter months.

Coaching Training

The club will be organising foundation & level 1 coaching training courses in the coming weeks, & anyone who intends to help other with any of our teams must have at least a foundation course carried out which includes a child welfare course. Anyone who is interested in doing the training courses should contact Declan Hahessy, or any committee member to put their names forward.

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