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Ardboyne Hotel set to host league AGM

A final reminder to all Clubs that the AGM takes place in the Ardboyne Hotel, Dublin Road Navan on Tuesday June 1 starting at 8pm.

All existing and prospective new clubs must be represented. To date there have been only two motions submitted for discussion.

All nominations and motions must be submitted on or before 20th May.

All member clubs will receive a minimum of one weeks notice of motions, and it is hoped that the recipient of the information in each case will take the opportunity to get the overall views of their respective members so as to have a mandate for voting on each one accordingly.

A two thirds majority of Clubs and Committee present is required for any change of rule. In the event of a motion being adopted, any further proposal on the format of adoption would only require an overall simple majority. Application forms for the new season will be sent by E mail to all clubs, and the closing date for submission is 30th June 2010.

A pre prepared registration list of all players will be distributed in an information pack for each club along with forms to sign new players.

The Registration book for the new season will not open until the first of July. Registrations received prior to this date will not be date stamped until that date.

For further details contact Secretary Gerry Gorman at 087 2856318.

Three-year ban imposed for 'biting incident'

On consideration of the contents from a referee's report in a B Reserve Match Oldcastle United v Electro Celtic played on 10th April 2010, the Meath and District League handed down a three year suspension to an Oldcastle United player arising from an alleged 'biting incident'.

The matter was subsequently appealed by Oldcastle to the Leinster Football Association, a facility that costs €200 to initiate, and after due consideration the provincial body ruled that an extra two years should be added to the original suspension issued by the Meath & District League.

Both the Meath & District League and Oldcastle United would have further leave of appeal to The Football Association of Ireland in accordance with their rules. To pursue such an option would cost €500

Final car draw of season to be held at AGM

The fourth Car Draw for the current campaign takes place at the Annual General Meeting

This almost guarantees that at least the winning club that sold the Ticket will be present on the Night. It is hoped to set aside some time during the meeting to discuss ways and means of improving the appeal of the annual draw.

The present format has been going strong since its inception in 1992, and the first noticeable signs of a downturn in the sale of tickets came this year.

While it is generally attributed to the overall dramatic slump in the economy overall, there were some positive examples of what can be achieved if the right structures are put in place. One fine example this tear was Bellurgan United who for the first time decided (only seven weeks prior to the first Draw) to give the draw every opportunity to generate as much Finance as possible, and the end result saw them eclipsing renowned top sellers Ardee Celtic in their overall total which came to over 11,000 entries, and generated almost €12,000 for the Club's development fund.

gerry gorman