Clubs in Leitrim appear to be generally happy with the new structure of the club championship but the topics of amalgamations at underage level and the completion of the club leagues have attracted a few motions for next Sunday’s Leitrim GAA County Board Convention.
The radical restructuring of the club championship last year means that there are no motions on the adult championship but it is underage matters and the leagues that will attract the most debate.
The question of amalgamations at underage level sees three motions before delegates with the Management Committee seeking that amalgamations are confined to a maximum of two clubs with a common border except in exceptional cases.
Drumkeerin have also submitted a motion that all underage amalgamated teams in League and championship competition must play only 15-a-side competition.
In another radical proposal, the Management Committee are seeking that the Minor Championship be restricted to a 15-a-side A competition and a 13-a-side B competition while Leitrim Gaels are seeking the reintroduction of the U-12 Championship for 2013, a motion that may meet with little success as it goes against official Croke Park policy.
Perhaps the strangest motion of the day is a Glencar/Manorhamilton motion that calls for the League to stop on the day of the Senior Championship Final and that the top two teams in the table on that day qualify for the league final – a move that could see an unbeaten team miss out if they had not played the same number of games as other teams.
Mohill are seeking that no more than two rounds of League games should remain to be played by the commencement of the Senior Club Championship yet they are also seeking greater latitude in the granting of postponements providing the game is played within the following seven days.
Melvin Gaels, who ran into controversy after failing to fulfill a championship fixture earlier in the year, are asking that no club be asked to play any more than two games on consecutive days while also seeking a free weekend in July or August to allow player holidays.
The full list of motions is as follows:
Motion 1: Amalgamation shall be confined to a maximum of two clubs who have a common border, save in exceptional cases. Application to amalgamate shall be made to CCC Liatroma who shall consider each application and approval shall be the function of County Committee – Management Committee.
Motion 2: Once players from two separate clubs propose to play on the one team then this team must be a registered and approved amalgamation – Management Committee.
Motion 3: Droim Caorthainn CLG wish to propose that all amalgamated teams in all underage League and championship competitions including minor play only 15 a side – Drumkeerin.
Motion 1 : That on the day of the Senior Football Championship Final, the Senior League is deemed to have ended and the two teams that sit in positions 1 and 2 on the table qualify for the league final - Glencar/Manorhamilton.
Motion 2: To discontinue with the Shield Competition – Glencar/Manorhamilton
Motion 3: Our club are requesting that the incoming C.C.C would earnest attempt to have Senior leagues at a stage where a meaningful conclusion to the leagues can be arrived at following the conclusion of the Senior Championships. To this end we would expect that a maximum of Two rounds of games should remain to be played by the commencement of Club senior Championships – Mohill
Motion 4: That the C.C.C would look favorably on applications for postponement of a fixture, where the two teams are in agreement to a postponement of a given fixture and undertake to have the game played within the following 7 days - Mohill
Motion 5: That one weekend be left free of games in July or August to Facilitate players holidays – Melvin Gaels.
Motion 6: That no club be requested to play any more that 2 games on consecitive days at adult level – Melvin Gaels.
Motion 7: We would ask that no club games, involving Leitrim County Senior Hurlers, be fixed on the day before, or the day of, a county hurling fixture. Any club with county hurling players would not have games fixed for those days outlined above – Hurling Board.
Motion 8: Re-introduction of the U12 Championship for 2013 – Leitrim Gaels
Motion 9: When drawn up Gradings and player eligibility for underage competitions that only a 3 year drop down is allowed instead of the present 4 year rule – Leitrim Gaels
Motion 10: Droim Caorthainn Clg hereby propose that Liatroim Clg comply with the relevant clause 6.35 to Chapter 6 of part 1 of the Official Guide, which states the following;
“6.35 Organisation: A league shall be subject to the general rules of the Association. Prior to the start of the competion, the Committee-in-Charge shall draw up regulations governing its organization”
It is proposed that Leitrim G.A.A. prepare and approve General Rules, which includes the “regulations governing its organization” prior to the commencement of the league competition in 2013. These General Rules should be submitted to every club in the county prior to the first league game. It could also be advised that each club acknowledge receipt of the General Rules to the county secretary – Drumkeerin
Motion 11: That the Leitrim Minor Football Championship comprises a 15-a-side championship A and a 13-a-side B competition – Management Committee.
Motion 12: That the Leitrim Minor Football League comprises of 15-a-side, 13-a-side and 9-a-side competitions – Management Committee.
Motion 1: That, in accordance with precedent, provision shall be made for the holding of a SCOR CONGRESS with the associated County and Provincial Conventions, in 2013, to review and update the ‘Rules’ of SCOR culminating in the production and distribution of a “Labhar Rialacha Notai agus Eolas” which shall be valid for the years 2014, 2015 and 2016 - Aughnasheelin