ST MARGARET'S officials have hit out at the Dublin County Board after its proposed amendment of motion to enter a combined Fingal team into next year's Senior Football championship was ruled out of order.
A meeting of the management committee last Monday week rejected the club's updated proposal on the grounds that it would have required the rescinding of the minutes of last February's meeting where the structure of the 2013 championship was decided upon. However, speaking on Sunday, St Margaret's secretary David Doran accused the Dublin County Board of 'moving the goalposts' and as such denying delegates the chance to debate the motion at last night's AGM in Parnell Park.
'It's illogical to rescind the minutes. Here was a fresh proposal on the table, if the regulations need to change well fine but you can't go re-writing history. 'The first time it came up at the county committee we were advised to submit a motion to amend. 'We spend a couple of weeks working on that just to make sure we were doing it right and to ensure we weren't interfering with the rest of the regulations. 'At that stage the motion we had put in would have allowed the changes to be made. We felt all along that the proposal we put in wouldn't really require a notice of motion in that it was in accordance with the rules of the official guide and it would have allowed a decision to be taken 'Still, at the eleventh hour and after we followed a couple of steps along the way, the proverbial goalposts were moved again and we are now taking it that the management committee don't want the proposal 'It would have taken a brave decision to run with it, but unfortunately there was nobody to make that decision.' Margaret's were relegated from Division 3 this year but Doran insists that the decision by the County Management committee was against the wishes of many clubs in the Fingal area. 'If it went to a vote and was turned down that was fine. We have no vested interest. We are just looking at how as a whole GAA in Dublin is changing across the board and in particular rural areas. 'So we followed the steps as were advised along the way and there was a lot of support from clubs even after the meeting. A lot of clubs approached our own delegate and said they would have supported the motion.' 'We have said all along that this was for all of Fingal. We had thirteen teams behind this and other teams have committed since. 'So there is a clear message going out that a lot of teams want to participate and it's not being taken on board.' The man behind the original proposal and current Margaret's chairman, Ivan Sutton, believes that the Dublin County board has certainly missed out on the chance to freshen things up in the county championship. 'They are always trying to improve the championship but surely the crowd you get in supporting a combined Fingal team would add to the excitement. 'I mean some of the crowds you have going to the senior championship matches are a couple of 100 people at the moment'. 'The losers at the end of it all are the players. You look at the senior championships as it stands. There are only four teams, the likes of Kilmacud Crokes or Ballymun Kickhams that will win that in the next ten years. 'Even a team who ranks fourth or fifth in Division 1 who comes up against the likes of Crokes would get beaten by twenty points.' And Doran admits it will become harder and harder to keep players in the smaller clubs motivated if the current status quo continues. 'The big clubs are getting bigger and the small clubs are getting smaller and that divide is getting greater. 'Of course all teams go in cycles. They will have good and bad years, but overall the gap is getting bigger and as a rule you are struggling to get lads interested. 'So when you come to the individuals in the club, and each of the smaller clubs would have some really good players, what do you with them? Is their talent wasted and do they move on? 'Do they go abroad, do they look to the lure of the bigger club? True, they can chose to remain with their club but again if they do that they are never going to get the recognition they deserve. 'Yes the parish is the team and the team is the parish and while it may be unthinkable for players to play for another team, let's try to find a way for the better players to get the recognition they deserve. 'The worse thing that could happen is that it just wouldn't work out. Nobody is going to die from it but the nature of human beings is they see the problems before they see the positives.'