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Wednesday 1 March 2017

Leagues get a green light

The Louth football leagues will proceed as planned this season after Cuchulainn Gaels withdrew a motion to prevent second teams from gaining promotion at the expense of another club's first team.

The motion did seem to curry favour among clubs at the January County Board meeting, but it was unclear what effect it would have on the current make-up of the six divisions, which were already determined by finishing positions in 2016.

St Nicholas did put forward their motion to limit the number of players a club's second team could field, but it was heavily defeated. However, their delegate Jim McQuillan issued a stark warning to clubs, stating:

'We're heading for a situation in this county where we have 15 super club in divisions 1 and 2, while the rest of us scrap at the bottom. It's hard enough to hang on to young players, but this is going to make it next to impossible and lads will be looking for transfers and just not playing Gaelic football at all.'

Referees seek fee hike

Louth referees are seeking an increase in match fees from €35 to €40 and from €10 to €20 for linesmen.

The request was made in a letter received by the referee's administration committee. County Chairman Des Halpenny asked clubs to discuss it at committee level and return with a mandate to vote on the proposal in March.

He said clubs would have to foot the bill if an increase is ratified, and urged them to discuss it prior to any vote.

No mandate for delegates

Louth's delegates have been given permission to vote without a mandate on specific motions at GAA Congress which takes place in Croke Park the weekend after next.

Central Council are proposing to introduce group stages to the All-Ireland football championship at the quarter-final stage with the All-Ireland final to be played by the end of August.

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