A motion seeking that no club football games for members of the County Senior Hurling panel be fixed for the day before or and the day of a Senior Hurling fixture was passed at last Sunday’s GAA Convention, writes John Connolly.
Proposing the motion, Martin Cunniffe said that adult league games had been fixed for the day before or later in the day of County Hurling fixtures and it was very unfair to fix club games involving half their players. He said on one instance, the Sunday was left free because the County Senior Football team was training.
“We are minding our players too much, let them out and play. No other manager would be looking for no games the day of a game or the day before. It is not done in football, only in hurling but this was the very first year we had these problems.”
Joe Flynn said there had been motions on the programme looking for the Leagues to be almost finished by June and July and the motion would tie the hands of the CCC in making fixtures while Diarmuid Sweeney said the motion could potentially rule out League football for seven weekends.
Aughawillan’s Jerome Quinn said that “there is a lack of respect for hurling in the county. My son plays hurling and I see what he goes through to play hurling. He played for his country on the Shinty International team and had to come home to play football after playing for his country the day before.
“We really need to take on board and have a serious look at the promotion of hurling and make it an attractive proposition for our players. If there was more co-operation, we might have less motions.”
Vice-Chairman Hubie Reynolds said he could understand Martin’s frustration but would suggest it was better to take the matter forward by agreement rather than motion.
After the matter was put to a vote, 24 delegates voted in favour and the motion was carried.
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