WITH the Limerick Minor Championship down for semi final action this Sunday, St. Annes look to be facing Bruff / Adare in this tie.
However, at the time of printing, no confirmation of the fixture was available. Playing a Minor championship in November is very late in the year and it's something which will have to be looked at, as the players have a had a long season since January. Player burnout is always a hot topic and this is one of the reasons why.
Club AGMs have taken place, with Clanmaurice first out of the blocks. There are new officers on board, and as one of the new clubs on the scene. It's great to see people stepping up to take the roles to run the club. Richard Keane chairs the club with Triona Brassil taking on the secretary's role. We wish them every success in 2013. Causeway are holding theirs on December 14 and with all officers stepping down after a number of years service, it's now up to others to make themselves available.
Cillard club are holding an end of year get together for the players with medals and certificates to be presented. Again the club will be looking to new people to take up positions for 2013. Lixnaw, Killarney, and Feale Gaels will all be looking to have more volunteers on board with their increasing player numbers.
At County Board level with the Treasurer and Secretary vacating their roles, the nominations for all officerships will be an interesting one.
Also from 2013 Camogie will be represented at the GAA County Board meetings with yours truly as delegate in a non-voting capacity. Forging links with the GAA is important and I am looking forward to meeting new people and the networking associated with the role.
Croke Park are hinting at charging teams to compete at inter-county level from next year and, while it needs to be voted in at Congress, it has met with huge opposition from all counties. In Kerry's case with three teams at cost of €300 per team, which is the proposal, that's €900 before a bus is booked and training equipment purchased. Counties like Cork, Tipp, Galway who have more than one team in a particular age group are looking at huge expense as it is never mind additional fees.
This will be hotly debated and Croke Park need to step back here and realise County Board's are surviving on very little to make ends meet and this proposal could result in counties pulling teams from the intercounty scene. Stay tuned for how this pans out.
And finally, congratulations to the three Kerry ladies footballers who picked up the coveted All Star awards at City West last weekend. They were all first time recipients. Someday Kerry I hope will also be represented at the Camogie All Stars, which is the pinnacle of acknowledgement among your peers, that you are indeed an exceptional player in your chosen position.
Next week, match report from the Minors. If you would like your piece included in this column, please do contact me on (087) 4168090. As always, tune into Radio Kerry every Saturday at 4.25 and kerrycamogie.com for latest updates.