County Board Chairman Joe Flynn did not hold back in his address to last Sunday’s Convention when he described scenes in this year’s Division One League Final as “unsavourary” and “totally unacceptable.”
Speaking of the Club scene, Joe had some blunt words on the subject of the League Final between Glencar/Manorhamilton and Melvin Gaels and warned clubs for their future conduct - “Glencar/Manor gained revenge for their championship defeat to their neighbours in the League final in a game that did neither team proud.
“Local rivalries can often bring out the best in two teams but unfortunately the opposite is the case in this encounter.
“The unsavourary incidents that permeated this entire game both on and off the field is totally unacceptable and hopefully our CCC will take some time to address issues observed and advise both clubs of serious consequences in the event of any repeat behaviour.”
Joe also praised the winners of the various Championship titles but admitted that the performances of Leitrim clubs in the Connacht Championship was disappointing - “It was disappointing that none of our title holders made progress in their respective Connacht Club title race.
“St. Brigid’s was always going to be a formidable challenge for Gael na Meilge; Gortletteragh provided a stern challenge to Charlestown, while Ballinasloe were in a different league to our Junior champions.”
Joe also felt that the new championship structure had been a great success during the year - “Convention 2012 was brave enough to address and adopt a revised structure for our championships. All clubs participated in an increased number of meaningful games with final placing in either semi-finals or relegation guaranteeing all teams a minimum of four championship outings.
“Favourites Glencar/Manor were within a hairs breath of the elusive five in a row but their neighbours Gael na Meilge were adamant that they too would continue to share the impressive four in a row enjoyed by both clubs.
“Gortletteragh completed a most impressive year by capturing both Intermediate Championship and Division 2 League while the hard work of the Leitrim Gaels club was rewarded in capturing the Junior A title.”