Club dispute dealt with and then it was down to Convention business



AFTER it had been postponed twice because of the desperate Arctic weather conditions, the Kilkenny Camogie Board annual meeting was finally held in the Springhill Hotel. A number of clubs weren’t representative because of the difficulties encountered travelling the treacherous roads.

However, the Convention went ahead and there were no dramatic changes in the order of things.

Before the meeting commenced there was hearing over the St Canices Credit Union under-21 Roinn B camogie semi-final between Lisdowney and Paulstown. The latter emerged victorious when the match was played on Saturday, October 30, winning by a solitary point 1-10 to 1-9.

However, Lisdowney were aggrieved and there was a dispute over a late point that Paulstown scored to secure their berth in the final against the Rower-Inistioge. Lisdowney launched the appeal on the grounds that their goalkeeper was penalised for pucking the sliotar outside the 13 metre line, and a 20 metre close range free was awarded instead of a 45 (similar to a 65 in hurling). Hencing Lisdowney’s grievance.

Following discussions from both sides a decision was made that on the basis that no referee’s report was produced by the official from the game, the result would stand. Paulstown progressed to the final.

May be another appeal

However, Lisdowney may launch another appeal. The saga may not be over yet.

Out-going chairperson Catherine Neary began her report to Convention by welcoming everyone. In her address she paid tribute to the county teams for their efforts during the year.

The under-14 squad won their 8th consecutive Leinster championship. That was the only piece of silverware won in 2010 by the inter-county teams, the chairperson reminded. However, every team put in maximum effort in the drive for glory, she insisted.

Catherine also congratulated the numerous clubs that won silverware in 2010, especially Mullinavat, who won the county senior title for the first time in the most dramatic of circumstances.

She also paid tribute to St Lachtain’s (Freshford) on their fantastic success, which included three All-Ireland club titles in succession from 2004-2006 for being superb ambassadors for camogie in Kilkenny.

Catherine also congratulated the Loreto Secondary School, Kilkenny on their trojan to promote the game. The school enjoyed a memorable year and won several All-Irelands. She also congratulated the primary schools on their success.

Thanked clubs

County secretary Pearl McDonald echoed those sentiments in her report, and in addition she thanked the Kilkenny GAA Board and clubs for all their support. Clubs were extremely accommodative and approachable in allowing camogie matches to be played.

One of the main items of business was the election of the committee members and the respective management teams for 2011. There was only change to the committee. Denis Nolan (St Brigids) succeeded Kate Foley as county Registrar.

All other officers were re-elected as before.

Catherine Neary, who is also the Leinster Council chairperson, will continue as chairperson for a sixth consecutive year. Martin Quilty and Pearl McDonald remain as vice-chairperson and secretary respectively.

Michael O’Leary continues as PRO for a second year, while Mary Howley, Mary McEvoy and Carolyn O’Dowd were all re-elected as treasurer, Child Welfare Officer and Development Officer respectively.

Meanwhile, Liz Dempsey, Paddy Kelly and Brendan Williams remain as managers of the under-14, 16 and minor teams respectively.

However, the work to assemble the management teams for 2011 for the senior and intermediate sides is still ongoing. A decision will be announced shortly.

Three motions up for debate were passed. All received the full compliment of 33 votes.

Firstly, the wearing of shinguards and shinpads up to under-16 level was made compulsory.

Secondly, it was proposed that the conclusion of provincial club championships, which is usually October, be put back to the end of November.

Finally, the deadline for registering players up to now has been the end of January. However, with the club championships not usually starting until late March, the deadline for registrations has been moved back to the end of February.