Special effort needed to bring home glory
THE OUTGOING Secretary of the County Board has said it will take a special effort from all involved to bring success to Sligo in 2013.
In his report to the upcoming annual Convention he declares: "We have every reason to be optimistic, provided we all support the players and management to achieve our goals."
Reviewing the year in comprehensive detail, Mr. Duffy said the county senior team narrowly missed out on promotion from Division 3.
He sincerely thanked Paul Taylor and Dessie Sloyan for their efforts on and off the pitch over two decades following their decision to step down from the senior management team.
Mr. Duffy joined with all Sligo followers in wishing Kevin Walsh, P.J. Langton and Tommy Craddock well as they prepare for the new season.
He recalled that Sligo senior and under-21 teams reached Connacht finals, but unfortunately lost both.
The Junior team made their exit from the Connacht championship, losing to Galway in the preliminary round after extra-time in Tubbercurry.
Mr. Duffy described as "a huge disappointment for everybody involved "the defeat on a scoreline of 1-6 to 0-6 to Mayo of the Sligo minors in the provincial semi-final.
The team prepared very well under Tommy Breheny and his backroom staff, seldom performed to their undoubted capabilities.
The outgoing Secretary said:
"The fact that the losers had no second chance to redeem themselves was even more disappointing.
"This is something that must be looked at in the province."
With so much resources going into team preparations, it was essential that every team gets more than one game.
Elsewhere in his report, Mr. Duffy said that county hurling and handball were well organised by a small, but very dedicated, group within the county.
Scor had also grown in popularity, particularly Scor na Nog.
The County Scor PRO, Peter Farrell, recently addressed a County Board meeting to seek fuller participation from clubs. The outgoing Secretary said he hoped his efforts and those of the County Scor Committee will lead to increased interest in promoting the cultural aspects of the Association.
Mr. Duffy added that Cumann na mBunscoil continue to promote native games in primary schools, with great support from the Coaching and Games Committee.
As founding Secretary of Cumann na mBunscoil in Sligo many years ago, he was very proud of what had developed from humble beginnings.