Kilkenny clubs warned they are playing a dangerous game

John Knox

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Kilkenny clubs warned they are playing dangerous game

Kilkenny GAA clubs are running a serious risk by not registering players and teams, they have been warned.
Up to a few days ago, five clubs had no players resistered although the season is up and running, the County Board has learned.
And players who are not registered are not covered by insurance.
On top of the five who have no players registered, there are 14 outfits who have no teams registered.
"If players are not registered they are not covered by insurance," County Board secretary, Jimmy Walsh, warned.
The final closing date for registration is the end of March, but clubs were told that before players even commenced training they should be properly registered.
"Croke Park are getting sticky about this, and they won't entertain any claims if there is a problem unless players and teams are properly registered," warned treasurer, Barry Hickey.
Meanwhile, the county is barely coping with the demands of games because there are no new referees coming into the system.
Something in the region of 2,300 games are played annually in the county, and a panel of 45 referees is carrying the workload.
"We need more referees," was the message from Referees Administrator in Kilkenny, Sean Breathnach. "We need 42 to cater for the Feile-na-nGael games in Kilkenny in June, so we hope everyone will be available."
The County Board knows that eight clubs - Carrickshock, Conahy Shamrocks, Danesfort, Galmoy, St Patrick's , Young Irelands, Dicksboro and Mullinavat - have failed to provide at least one referee, although a plea was made to them all to help.
Delegates were told that it was only fair that the burden of providing referees was shared, and every club had to play its part.
"If we don't get a response from these clubs we will have to take some action," suggested chairman, Ned Quinn.
Delegates were told that even if they could provide anyone to officiate at under-age games, under-14 level or whatever, it would help ease the burden.
"As people retire we need replacements," Mr Breathnach explained.
The Referees Association organised a course for would be 'whistlers' lately. Only three possible candidates attended.