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Bad weather causes car draw deferral for month

As a result of some valuable selling time being lost due to the prolonged spell of bad weather after Christmas and well into 2010, a decision was taken by the MDL Committee to put back the date of the first draw from 17th February 2010 until 16th March 2010.

The decision will not effect the overall prize structure with the main prize being a Hyundai I 10 each month over four months, and will extend by one Month to compensate for the late start all for a total cost of only €20.

The cash alternative each month in lieu of a Car is €11,000. Consolation prizes each month are one prize of €500 and €200 plus eight prizes of €100.

Despite the recession necessitating all round cutbacks everywhere, given the level of prizes on offer, demand for tickets to date has been encouraging, and the extra period allowed to sell more entries should insure that the target of sales in line with previous campaigns should be achieved

The sales incentive offered to clubs is the same as in previous years, and based on figures from past seasons the opportunities available should insure that a minimum of €60,000 would be raised between participating clubs.

How this is divided depends on the individual effort put in by each club. Clubs that have not received Tickets to date are not too late to do so.

Membership is available by ordering Tickets from the MDL through Secretary Gerry Gorman at 087 2856318/086 4070681 email, ggormanmdl@eircom.net.

'Alternative season' idea gathers momentum

Torro United first team manager and former MDL Committee member Joe Price has been working behind the scenes to put together a proposal for interested clubs to participate in an alternative playing season to the present one.

At an open meeting last week, thirteen MDL clubs discussed the possibility of forming a league division or more to play during the proposed period.

Five other clubs have since made contact and all are willing to explore the possibility further. A brief format for the proposal was worked out as follows:

Duration: Mid March to end of October; Divisions: Two Divisions, 1st team and 2nd team (of no more than twelve teams); Playing Times: First eight weeks and last eight weeks of season; first team Sundays and second team Saturdays, for a period of sixteen weeks; Mid season; first teams Friday 7.30p.m, and second teams Saturday 6.30pm;

Transition Season: A one round competition would commence at end of present season and finish in October, with the first full season starting March 2011.Clubs wishing to participate would commit to transition season and one full season, after which a review would take place

Rather than commit to a specific period for the two divisions, each club if they wished, would nominate a period of two weeks in which they would drop out of competition;

If it were deemed necessary by the MDL a sub committee would be formed by participating clubs to help with administration.

Deadline: Clubs wishing to participate would be advised to apply on or before the 1st of March. This proposal will now be submited to the MDL for their consideration.

It is important to note that all clubs involved would remain as members of the MDL and therefore would be eligible to play in all MDL, LFA and FAI competitions.

For further details contact Joe Price at 046-9054955 or mobile 087-6293499