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Thursday 31 July 2014

Minor Board is defiant on issue of convention

JOHN SAVAGE

Published 14/11/2012|11:46

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THE LOUTH Minor Board will press ahead with plans to hold an end-of-season meeting in early December despite the recent controversy over the underage body's status.

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The Senior County Committee re-iterated at its monthly meeting last Monday night that the minor executive is not permitted to hold a convention and in future will be 'selected' rather than 'elected'; however, the minor board has signalled its intention to press ahead with a meeting and has started the process of inviting nominations from clubs for officer positions for 2013.

In a short statement the minor board executive indicated that annual reports will be presented by the chairman, secretary, Ogsport Lu co-ordinator and PRO, while nominations for 2013 will also be dealt with, along with club of the year awards and presentation of medals.

Meanwhile, the Disputes Resolution Authority has finally cleared the way for the Louth Minor Chamnpionship final to proceed on Sunday week.

Following a long-drawn out appeals process, it took the DRA less than 10 minutes to uphold referee Stephen Murphy's match report at the Carrickdale last Thursday night, clearing the way for the combination outfit, O'Connell's/ St Joseph's/ Stabannon Parnells to take on the forgotten men of Oliver Plunkett's in the decider on Sunday week at the Gaelic Grounds (throw-in 2pm).

The abritration body acted on the Louth Hearings Committee's behalf to hear an appeal by Clan Na Gael, but wasted little time in turning down the objection, which centred on a supposed 'phantom' first-half point that ultimately proved the difference between the sides in September's semifinal at Dowdallshill.

Louth Minor Board had originally upheld the referee's match report and awarded the game to O'Connell's/St Joseph's/ Stabannon Parnells, but the Clans subsequently made a successful appeal to the Louth Hearings Committee.

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