Sunday 22 October 2017

Clubs must be flexible with fixtures - Twiss

Peter Twiss insists insists that trying to “be all things to all people” won’t solve the situation. Photo: Sportsfile
Peter Twiss insists insists that trying to “be all things to all people” won’t solve the situation. Photo: Sportsfile
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

Kerry County Board secretary Peter Twiss has welcomed recent efforts by Croke Park to improve the fixtures schedule at grassroots level but insists clubs will have to be prepared to make changes themselves in order to see progress.

In his report to tonight's county convention in Tralee, Twiss underlines his belief that for a regular games programme to become the norm, clubs must move away from seeking a postponement to facilitate the absence of players.

"The notion of stopping the majority from playing games because of the absence of one or two needs to be confined to history," he said.

Twiss states that inter-county activity, replays and postponements to accommodate players involved with different teams, different competitions, even in different codes, are the major road blocks towards a better club fixtures in the future.

And he insists that trying to "be all things to all people" won't solve the situation.

"The issue with players involved with different teams in different codes is complex but in fairness some progress has been made by separation of the U-17 activity from senior activity and new models being introduced for the U-20 football championship.

"How the Association embrace and deal with the above issues will to a large extent determine if any progress can be made in this area.

"Trying to be all things to all people will not make for any progress, of that you can be sure."

Meanwhile, former Kerry trainer Pat Flanagan has taken over Tralee outfit Austin Stacks.

Flanagan replaces Stephen Stack who stepped down after four successful years in charge that included securing the 2014 Munster Club SFC title.

Flanagan was part of the club's backroom team this year and has previously had stints with the Kerry and Cork senior footballers.

With the Kingdom he helped Jack O'Connor's side to three All-Ireland titles, three National League titles and four Munster senior crowns.

He also steered IT Tralee to Sigerson Cup glory in the late 1990s and helped out a number of county teams including Cavan, Laois and Longford.

Dublin's GAA community is in mourning following the death of Joe Rock (grand-uncle of Sky Blues' freetaker Dean) who was a familiar face on match days in Croke Park where he worked for more than 80 years.

Irish Independent

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