Under-age Bord reshapes their competitions

Kilkenny Bord-na-nOg delegates have decided to restructure some competitions for the 2014 season.

Kilkenny Bord-na-nOg delegates have decided to restructure some competitions for the 2014 season.

At the most recent Kilkenny County Bord-na-nOg meeting the new format for the under-14 hurling competitions was approved by delegates.

The changes adopted will lead to 12 teams entering the Roinn A championship.

There will be two graded divisions, Roinn A 1 and Roinn A 2. The same format will also apply to Roinn B and C but not to Roinn D, which will still be confined to teams that can only field 13-a-side.

The whole idea behind the changes is to give youngsters more games at a level that will be fair and which will help them progress.

There will be separate leagues and championships for the grades and an open championship draw for the two lots of teams thereafter.

The new set up was broadly welcomed by the committee which was the brainwave of chairman, Willie Dempsey, who felt a change would benefit the game and the participants.

The CCC committee for 2014 was agreed as Willie Dempsey, John Wymmes, Tommy Bawle, John Reid, Ray Byrne, Joe Pyke and Pado O’Flynn.

The Fixtures and Grading Committee elected was Willie Dempsey, John Wymmes, Tommy Bawle, John Reid, Ray Byrne, Mary Fitzgerald and Ollie Roche.

Special tribute was paid to Trojan worker Martin Quilty for his years of service to under-age games. He stepped off the sub committees to concentrate on his new role as chairman of the County Camoige Bord.

County Coaching Officer Brendan O’Sullivan addressed the meeting in relation to the structures of Development Squads. He thanked the clubs for the use of their facilities and for their co-operation in relation to players.

Mr O’Sullivan pointed out that for 2014 the under-15 squads would be picked by the coaches instead of the club nominating players.

He also pointed that the under-16 football squad had put some highly merited performances together in 2013, scoring victory in some of the blitz fixtures and he hoped more clubs would support this initiative. Football had a bright future in this county, he insisted.

The Dicksboro clubman also informed clubs of some the help that was available to them from a county coaching point of view. He encouraged all to ask for help if they felt it were need, and not to be afraid to make the initial approach.

Register John Reid reminded clubs that as well as registering with Croke Park, players needed to be registered with him for the local competitions and at under-14 level asked clubs to to get in their register within the next two weeks.

PRO Patrick O’Flynn asked clubs to help him with match day programmes by sending teams in on time. He thanked the clubs who were currently doing this.

Meanwhile, Kilkenny County Board elected club delegates to the various sub-committees who will run GAA affairs this season. Apart from those elected, officers of the Executive will sit on the committees.

Management Committee - Pat Hendeson (Fenians), Val Malone (James Stephens), Tom O’Reilly (Football Board secretary), Brendan O’Sullivan (Dicksboro).

Competitions Control Committee - Ned Buggy (Dicksboro) was selected secretary; Martin Treacy (Bennettsbidge), Pat Hayes (Graigue-Ballycallan), John Minogue (Thomastown).

County Planning and Physical Development Committee - Eddie Blackmore (Piltown), John Lacey (St Patrick’s), Luke Roche (O’Loughlin Gaels).

County Coaching Games Committee - The Management Committee will appoint two representatives.

County Cultural Committee - Sean Breathnach (Dicksboro), Conor Denieffe (O’Loughlin Gaels), Jim Fennelly (Danesfort), Conor Brennan (Conahy Shamrocks).

PRO, Marketing and IT Committee - Seamus Ready, Thomastown (chairman), Liam Dewberry (Dicksboro), Martin Gordon (Piltown).

Youth Ambassadors - Dan Kenny (Piltown), Paul Fitzgerald.


Clubs have been reminded that February 15 is the date for the completion of regradings, hurling and football.

Race day

On Saturday, March 8, Kilkenny GAA will hold their annual race day in Gowran Park. This fund raiser was a huge success last year. Clubs will be asked to sell 30 tickets each for the event. Tickets cost €10 each. This is a National Hunt meeting. The feature is the Shamrock Handicap chase, which is worth €50,000.

Kilkenny GAA Supporters Club membership cards and car stickers are now available. Membership costs €20.