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Club Notes - 30th January 2012

posted Jan 30, 2012, 2:27 AM by Unknown user

Senior Football

At last week’s county board meeting, a two-group senior football championship format was adopted, with six teams in each group. We have been included in the same group as Ballinacourty, Gaultier, St. Saviours Ardmore & The Nire, with the top four teams qualifying for the quarter finals & the bottom team in each group playing off for relegation. Our first championship game is fixed for 22nd April against Ballinacourty, & the following week we play Gaultier. Then we play St. Saviours in June, Ardmore in July & The Nire in August. The senior football league kicks off on the first week in April with 5 matches in this, also played over the following months. Therefore we are guaranteed 10 competitive matches in the 5-month period between April & August, which is a welcomed development & ensures that we can plan accordingly for the coming season. Hats off to all involved for finally getting the senior football championship structure right. Hopefully we will have a competitive & successful campaign.

Junior Football

I’m afraid the same praise cannot be given for the proposed junior football championship. With only 3 senior football teams in the East of the county, the Eastern junior-attached senior championship will consist of Rathgormack, Gaultier & St. Saviours playing each other twice, with the top two playing off in the Eastern Final. Bizarrely, the Eastern board have suggested that these 3 teams should also take part in the Eastern intermediate championship, but apparently they are not allowed to win it, as they are junior teams. This will lead to the farcical situation where we will be playing competitive matches where the result is irrelevant, which in any man’s language is insane, & will be not good for either junior or intermediate teams. It remains to be seen if this arrangement is even within the rules of the GAA, but I’m sure that we will have some more developments in the coming weeks. The proposal to change the junior-senior attached championship to an all county competition which would see us play a championship along the same lines as the senior championship, was defeated by 25 votes to 18 at last weeks county board meeting. The reluctance for the divisional boards to “give up” control of their championships means it is unlikely that this format will be adopted in the future. The introduction of an “A”, “B” & maybe even “C” championship at junior level, as they have in most counties around the country, would mean that teams would be playing competitive matches against equivalent opposition, whatever level they are at. Hopefully something like this will be introduce in the years to come to give all the junior footballers within Waterford a competition they can enjoy.

U21 Football

The proposal to make this an all county competition was also defeated at the county board meeting, so therefore the format remains as last year, & as county champions we start off the defence of our title against Mount Sion on the 18th February. We were fortunate to escape with a replay in our Eastern final against the same opposition last year, so our boys who are back in training with the last few weeks, will have to perform well to come through this one.

Minor Football

The minor football championship kicks off on the weekend of the 12th February & will be played most weekends throughout February & March. We are in Div. 1 with De La Salle, Dungarvan, Ballinacourty, Gaultier, St Patricks/Naomh Brid. We will have details of fixtures on next weeks notes which will also be posted on the website.