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Season change motion defeated

A WELL attended AGM in which 55 of the 56 clubs were represented along with one new prospective applicant, a new side from Ballyjamesduff. The one absentee was Athboy Celtic.

There was also a pre-AGM inquiry from Enfield Celtic about rejoining, after not affiliating for the 2012/13 season.

A presentation took place by the FAI in which details of a nationwide draw were unveiled. The big advantage for participating clubs is the large percentage profit on offer.

It is very likely to get a lot of support from the clubs, as ideas for new methods of fundraising are almost at a standstill. The first item on the agenda was the proposed change of season format from Torro United.

Given the MDL facilitated a meeting prior to the AGM specifically for the purpose of openly discussing all aspects of a possible change, on this occasion the chairman David Tully only allowed the proposer Joe Price to speak on the motion.

Prior to going to vote Price made two valid points of the two examples of junior adult leagues making the change in the past, Mayo and Kildare.

In both instances allowances were made for a review after a trial period, and the member clubs voted overwhelmingly to continue.

The tally count showed a 50/50 split with 27 of the voting clubs both for and against, which meant shortfall of nine to achieve the required two thirds majority.

Elsewhere motions to add an extra reserve division rather than split the C Reserve into two sections, along with a tidying up of the rule governing the selection of players for clubs with three teams, and cup games shall be run the same as L.F.A & F.A.I cup competitions.

For example, if a pitch is unplayable, the match is reversed automatically were all carried. A proposal to stage all cup and shield semi-finals at neutral venues was defeated.

After 14 years as a member of the Executive Committee the very popular Hubie Powderly stepped down, and received a standing ovation.

He was replaced by Derek Coogan from Navan Cosmos.