Monday 23 October 2017

Huge games to come in Senior

THE club delegates waited very patiently for the senior football draw on Monday night and with the games it has thrown up it seems it was well worth the wait.

The club delegates waited very patiently for the senior football draw on Monday night and with the games it has thrown up it seems it was well worth the wait.

The draw for the Senior football quarter-finals were made as follows:

(A) The winners of Avondale and Newtown will face St.Mary's

(B) The winners of Annacurra and Hollywood will take on Blessington

(C) The winners of Rathnew and Bray Emmets meet Carnew Emmets

(D) The winners of Kiltegan and Eire Og Greystones clash with Baltinglass

In the semi-finals the winners of fixture A will play the winner of fixture C and likewise with the winners of B and D.

So a very interesting few weeks ahead and some serious potential for big local derby's especially if Kiltegan overcome Eire Og and face neighbours Baltinglass and if Baltinglass were to come out on top there and Blessington are to emerge from their section what an interesting semi-final that would present with Baltinglass 15/8 and Blessington 5/2 to win the championship.

On the other routes you would have to fancy St. Mary's and Rathnew to emerge to meet in a semi-final however Carnew have shown that they are not around to make up the numbers this year and they would love a clash wit local rivals St. Mary's.

Monday night's meeting did bring up a few interesting questions for the executive and many clubs wanted to know what was going to happen about so many clubs giving walkovers in last week's league and championship games.

Jason Doyle, the chairman of Kilmacanogue asked the question that most delegates seemed to be thinking when he suggested that every year some clubs enter three teams and every year the middle team usually ended up pulling out and while this allowed two of their other teams to field strong sides it means that the the team they are stripping end up conceding games, for example, a club with Senior, Intermediate and Junior B teams end up pulling their intermediate team and fielding a strong Junior B and strong senior.

The delegates wanted to know what sanctions were going to be put on place and one club suggested that instant relegation should be a punishment while his own club struggle to field 15 for every game, they have never given a walkover and would not like to go down having fielded when other clubs didn't.

In response chairman Martin Coleman said clubs don't set out at the start of the year to give walkovers, circumstances within clubs change and players who are full of enthusiasm at the start of the year can fall away and that has a knock on effect, but the county board did say they would look at the walkover situation and decide the appropriate action.

Earlier in 2013 there was a serious issue with clubs who hadn't paid their affiliations and this subject was broached on Monday night when one club suggested that some clubs hadn't paid affiliations but could well be paying an outside manager.

However, in response, the board said any of the clubs that they dealt with had genuine financial worries and treasurer Colm Finnegan said some of the clubs were teetering on survival but that by now all clubs have paid their affiliations.

Wicklow People