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Croke Park to host Ireland's first Concussion Symposium26 July 2016, 2:27 pm
Bon Secours Health System and UPMC, the leader in Concussion worldwide, have come together with the GAA to present Ireland’s first Concussion Symposium which will take place at Croke Park on October 8, 2016.
The symposium was announced today at Croke Park by Aogán Ó Fearghaíl, Uachtarán Cumann Lúthchleas Gael, Mr Bill Maher, CEO Bon Secours Health System and Mr Charles Bogosta, President of UPMC International.
Leading Concussion experts from UPMC in the United States, Bon Secours Health System in Ireland and sporting figures from the GAA will join together for a ground breaking symposium which will share nationally for the first time the best practices, protocols and treatment of concussion today.
Speaking at the announcement at Croke Park today Bill Maher said: “Ireland has a very proud sporting history and we take sport very seriously at all ages and in all communities.
“The awareness, identification and treatment of Concussion is very important and I am very proud to be working in conjunction with UPMC who are international leaders in this area and also the GAA who are showing considerable leadership in the identification and treatment of Concussion.
“Our planned Concussion Symposium on 8 October, 2016 brings together experts in their field from across Ireland and the United States and I think it will be a landmark day for Concussion in Ireland – one that we all can look back on and be proud of our association with. I am really looking forward to the event as part of the Bon Secours continuous development of services and support to the community we serve to ensure we continue to deliver Advanced Medicine Exceptional Care."
The UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program is a global leader in testing, treating, and researching sports-related concussions. With over 17,000 patient visits each year, more than 30 staff members treat high school, college, and professional athletes from across the United States. UPMC’s program is a leading source for concussion research, with nearly 200 peer-reviewed concussion research studies. Centres throughout the United States have adopted the UPMC program's standard of concussion care.
Any level of a concussion can be a serious medical issue that requires prompt care by a health professional trained in managing concussions. To avoid repeat injury, it is crucial to manage concussions until complete recovery. The UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program uses an individualised treatment plan based on the patient’s specific needs and goals for recovery.
“No two concussions are exactly the same. We use a multidisciplinary team approach to help the brain recover and allow the patient to return to their sport, classroom, or other activities,” said Micky Collins, Ph.D., executive director, UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program.
“We have made tremendous progress in the diagnosis, management and rehabilitation of this injury.
“We are pleased to work with Bon Secours Health System to bring UPMC’s world-renowned expertise in concussion treatments to the people of Ireland,” said Charles Bogosta, President of UPMC International, which also operates a cancer centre in Ireland.
“This partnership embodies our goal of bringing the best possible health care to patients close to home, wherever that may be.”
The GAA, which has been at the forefront of concussion awareness and education in sport in Ireland, is delighted to be associated with this event which will feature some of the world's leading experts on concussion diagnosis and treatment.
The Association's Medical Scientific and Welfare Committee will be represented at the 5th International Consensus Conference on Concussion in Sport later this year and this symposium will be an important opportunity for discussion in advance of the Berlin event.
All current Senior Inter-County Gaelic Football and Hurling Team Doctors and Physios will be invited to the morning symposium which will be CPD accredited.
The afternoon session will also give the chance to coaches, parents and players to hear from the experts in this field as part of the GAA's ongoing concussion awareness and education campaign. Senior Inter-County All-Ireland wining players Michael Murphy (Donegal), Seamus Callanan (Tipperary) and Rena Buckley (Cork) will share their insights from their own playing experiences.
GAA President Aogán Ó Fearghaíl said: “The GAA is proud to be associated with this event and we are grateful to the Bon Secours Health System for affording the opportunity to link with them and UPMC in bringing such a fantastic line up of speakers to Croke Park.
“Concussion awareness and education is a continuing process within the association and this Symposium will contribute to this process. UPMC are one of the world leaders in research in this area and it will be extremely interesting to hear what their experts have to say.
“It is great to see some of our local specialists also address the Symposium including two members of the GAA’s Medical Scientific and Welfare Committee. It will be an opportunity for those in attendance to learn from national and international experts and will bring a greater understanding of the latest research taking place on concussion. Some of our coaches, players and their parents will also be given the fantastic opportunity to learn from these internationally renowned experts.”
Further information on concussion, including the GAA's Concussion Management Guidelines and Concussion E-learning course are available on the GAA website: http://learning.gaa.ie/Concussion.
Croke Park to host Ireland's first Concussion Symposium
Tuesday 26th July 2016
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The soon-to-be introduced gaelic football 'mark' on Central Council agenda26 July 2016, 2:26 pm
Here are the main items that was on the agenda at last Saturday's meeting of the GAA's Central Council...
1. Antrim motion passed at Congress re admission of Christy Ring Cup winners to Liam MacCarthy Cup in same year
As instructed by Central Council at its previous meeting, the C.C.C.C met with Leinster Council and Antrim to discuss the practical implications of the Antrim motion for the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championships, as passed at Congress 2016, which provides for the inclusion of the Christy Ring Cup winners in the quarter-finals of the Leinster Senior Hurling Championship.
There was acceptance at the meeting that Antrim’s goal (of ensuring the Ring Cup Winners could be included in the MacCarthy Cup in the same year as their winning of the competition) could be most effectively achieved by providing access directly to the 1st Round of the Liam MacCarthy Qualifiers, rather than into the Leinster quarter-finals as well. Central Council endorsed that view and agreed on Saturday to defer the implementation of the motion passed at Congress to allow for a new motion sponsored by Central Council to be brought to Congress in February 2017.
This new motion will ask that the Christy Ring Cup winners (from Championship 2017 onwards) be included in a Preliminary Round game in the All-Ireland Qualifiers, where they would be drawn against one of the losers of the three Leinster Hurling Championship quarter finals. Provision will be made for such a Preliminary Round qualifier when the 2017 Master Fixtures schedule is being prepared.
2. London’s Allianz League fixtures in 2017
Central Council agreed to a request from London County Committee that in 2017 - while works are being completed on the redevelopment of Ruislip - they be permitted to play all of their Allianz league games (in both Hurling and Football) AWAY from home on the understanding that all of their Allianz league games in 2018 will be played at home.
3. Special U-17 Championships in Hurling and Football in 2017
From January 1st 2018, inter-county minor competitions in football and hurling will be played at U-17 rather than U-18 level. These competitions will be run in the summer months and played alongside the All-Ireland Senior Hurling and Football championships (as currently).
To accommodate players who are currently playing at U-16 level (2016) and who would be overage for the new minor competitions in 2018 (and would therefore miss out on the opportunity to play “Minor” for their county), Central Council had previously decided to play U-17 Championships in Football and Hurling in 2017, alongside the inter-county Minor championships.
At Saturday’s meeting, it was confirmed that these U-17 championships will be organised on a provincial basis as per the existing Minor championships, with the winner in each province going through to the All-Ireland semi-finals (no quarter-finals). All games will be played to a finish on the day i.e. mandatory extra time followed by free taking to ensure a conclusive result.
The finals in both football and hurling will be played in Croke Park in August in conjunction with major games in the All-Ireland Senior championships. It has been left to the discretion of each county as to whether players may be selected for both U-17 and U-18 teams.
4. “The Mark” - Applicable 1 January 2017 - to be experimented with in Third Level Competitions 2016
Following discussion involving the Chairperson and Secretary of The Standing Committee on Playing Rules, the Chairperson and Secretary of the Referees Development Committee and several inter-county football referees, a number of queries/requests for Interpretation arose in relation to the implementation of the new Playing rule with regard to the “Mark” (Text of Rule below): Central Council made the following Interpretations on the implementation of the rule at its meeting on Saturday as follows:
• The Referee shall award the “Mark” by blowing the whistle.
• On or past the 45m line” shall mean that both feet of the catcher are on or past the 45m line when he catches the ball or on landing.
• In order to signify that he wishes to take a free-kick the player who catches the ball and has been awarded a “Mark” by the Referee should stop playing. If he does not obviously stop then it should be taken that he is “Playing on”.
• Challenged” as mentioned in the rule is taken as “tackle” as defined; once the player plays on he may be tackled after four steps or once he plays the ball in any way.
It also agreed that in order to be awarded a “Mark” the ball must not have been touched in flight by another player and that when a player who is awarded a “Mark” is injured then any team mate may take the free kick, which must be taken from the hands, and the player in question may not score directly from the kick. (Current rule states that only the “nearest team mate” may take the free kick).
The new Rule will be experimented with in Division 1 of the Comhairle Ardoideachais Football Leagues commencing in October 2016 with National Panel Referees taking charge of the games.
Rule per Official Guide 2016, Part II:
When a player catches the ball cleanly from a Kick-Out without it touching the ground, on or past the 45m line nearest the Kick-Out point, he shall be awarded a ‘Mark’ by the Referee.
The player awarded a ‘Mark’ shall have the options of (a) Taking a free kick or (b) Playing on immediately.
The following procedures shall apply:
(a) Free Kick
The player shall signify to the Referee if he is availing of the free kick and then take the free kick himself from the hand from the point where he was awarded the ‘Mark’.
Once the player indicates he is taking the ‘Mark’, the Referee shall allow up to five seconds for the player to take the kick. If the player delays longer than five seconds, the Referee shall cancel the ‘Mark’ and throw in the ball between a player from each side.
Once the player indicates he is taking the ‘Mark’, the opposing players must retreat 10m to allow the player space to take the kick. If an opposing player deliberately blocks or attempts to block the kick within 10m, or if an opposing player impedes the player while he is taking the kick, the Referee shall penalise the opposing team by bringing the ball forward 13m.
If the Referee determines that the player who makes the ‘Mark’ has been injured in the process and is unable to take the kick, the Referee shall direct the Player’s nearest team mate to take the kick but he may not score directly from the kick.
(b) Play on immediately
(i) In this circumstance the player may not be challenged for the ball until he carries the ball up to a maximum of four consecutive steps or holds the ball for no longer than the time needed to take four steps and/or makes one act of kicking, hand-passing, bouncing or toe-tapping the ball.
(ii) If the Player is illegally challenged, a free kick shall be awarded to his team from the point at which the challenge is made, and this free kick may be taken by any player on his team.
5. Use of scoreboard clocks
A uniform policy on the use of scoreboard clocks was agreed at Saturday’s meeting. Most venues allow the clock to run until the referee sounds the half-time or full-time whistle, while some stop the clock when the 35 minute or 70 minute mark has been reached. It was agreed that, in future, the clock will run until the referee blows the half-time or full-time whistle.
The soon-to-be introduced gaelic football 'mark' on Central Council agenda
Tuesday 26th July 2016
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Eirgrid become Official GAA Timing Sponsor26 July 2016, 2:18 pm
The Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) and EirGrid are delighted to announce the state-owned company, that manages and develops Ireland's electricity grid, is to become the Official GAA Timing Sponsor. The announcement was made at Croke Park today by GAA Ard-Stiúrthóir, Paraic Duffy, and EirGrid Customer Relations Manager, Adele Sleator.
It is the first time in the history of the GAA that an official timing sponsor has been partnered with and the new deal will see EirGrid strengthen links with the biggest sporting organisation in the country. EirGrid are currently two years into a three-year sponsorship of the EirGrid GAA Football U21 Football All-Ireland Championship and also sponsored last year’s EirGrid International Rules Series.
The sponsorship runs from the concluding stages of this season’s All-Ireland Senior Football and Hurling Championships through to the end of the 2019 championships.
EirGrid is celebrating becoming the GAA's Official Timing Sponsor by offering a chance for one club in each province to win a digital clock and scoreboard for their grounds. The competition is to be run in the coming weeks with details to follow on EirGrid social media channels.
Supporters watching at home and in Croke Park will also be given the opportunity to win match tickets by guessing and tweeting the time of the first goal scored in upcoming matches using #EirGridTimeIsNow.
Galway footballer Damien Comer and Waterford hurler Pauric Mahony attended today’s event at Croke Park ahead of their upcoming games in the All-Ireland series.
Speaking at the announcement GAA Ard-Stiúrthóir Paraic Duffy said: “We are delighted to welcome EirGrid on board as the Official GAA Timing Sponsor. It’s an historic first for our Association and we wanted to ensure we could work with a trusted and pro-active sponsor.
“EirGrid have shown themselves to be just that in our dealings with them so far, both as sponsors of our U21 Football Championship and last year’s International Rules Series.
“I look forward to strengthening, what has been a very positive relationship from the GAA’s perspective, with this new sponsorship.”
EirGrid Customer Relations Manager Adele Sleator added; “EirGrid is very pleased to become the first ever Official GAA Timing Sponsor and look forward to working with the GAA in that capacity in the coming years. We’d like to thank everyone at the GAA and especially the commercial team for getting this sponsorship in place.
“We have some exciting plans which supporters can expect to see rolled out in the coming weeks that will have a positive impact, not only on a national level, but also locally in the community.
“I’d also like to thank Damien and Pauric for being with us today and wish them well for the remainder of this year’s championships.”
EirGrid will begin its role as Official GAA Timing Sponsor with immediate effect.
Clonduff GAA Notes - 25 July 201626 July 2016, 2:13 pm
Clonduff GAA Notes - 25 July 2016
CONDOLENCES TO POWELL FAMILY AND QUINN FAMILY both living in Slievenagarragh on recent sad bereavements. Jacqui wife of Stephen Powell our former Senior Hurler and Michael brother of Ronan Quinn will be sadly missed by their families and their communities. Ar Dheis Dé go raibh a h-anamacha uasal.
Congratulations to U12 player Callum Donnan who had the privilege of playing at half time in last week’s Ulster Final.
Bon Voyage to Henry Brown who is off to work in Canada. Hope you have great time Henry, keep at the football and hopefully we see you back in Clonduff colours some time in the not too distant future
CLONDUFF KELLOGS CUL CAMP - 1ST-5TH AUGUST – REGISTRATION SESSIONS
Another Registration Sessopm for this year’s Kellogs Cul Camp which takes place Monday 1st August - Friday 5th August will take place in Clonduff Club on:
Sunday 31st July 10 -11am
Children who have just finished P1/2 should not be registered online – there is no facility for the reduced fee.
CLONDUFF SUMMER DATES FOR YOUR DIARY!
Monday 1st – Friday 5th August – Kellogs Cul Camp (contact Teresa Carr on 07872950297)
Monday 8th – Friday 12th August – Juvenile Hurling and Camgoie Camps
Saturday 13th August – Ella Trainor U6 Memorial Blitz
Saturday 27th August – Clonduff U12 LGFA Tournament
CLONDUFF BURSARIES FOR CLONDUFF GAELTACHT SCHOLARS!
Three of the five Clonduff children awarded the annual Gaeltacht bursaries by the Club picked up their cheques on Friday evening prior to the SFL game. Accepting their awards, Presented by Club Chairman Jimmie Cousins were: Ailish Fearon, Amy Lowry and Jack McCumiskey for his big sister Ella. Oran Wilson and Lauren Kane were also awarded bursaries but they are currently in An Gaeltacht and will receive theirs at a later date.
Eoin Murray who had been awarded a County Scholarship was also presented with his cheque by Jimmie Cousins.
SFL Clonduff 0-9 v Glenn 0-13
It all started so promising with great tackling and plenty of turnover and this pattern continued up to half time. The Yellas led 0-8 to 0-5 at the break. However when they went into the dressing room at half time they forgot to come out of it for the second half, and only managed a point from a free! The effort was there but some of the decision-making was very poor leading to wides, turnovers and missed opportunities. The next game up is The Championship next Friday night in Newry - perhaps what the boys have worked at and for will all come together for that one.
Team and scorers: Mark Bradley, Darren O'Hagan, Shane O'Hagan, Ruairi Lively, Brendan Britton, Rory Grant, Paul Lively (0-2), Aidan Carr, Niall Tumilty, Charlie Carr, Shane Ward (0-2), Kieran Trainor (0-1), Shaun Murnin, Barry O'Hagan (0-2) Stephen McConville (0-2); Subs used: Jayme Gribben, Shane McGreevy, Conor Murray
AC MFL Clonduff 3-9 v Newry Shamrocks 2-12
Clonduff played out an exciting draw in Clonduff Park on Saturday evening in the final game of their All County League against high flyers Newry Shamrocks belying their lowly position in the league. They have had a number of close encounters but results just went against them. Team and scorers: Conor Keenan, Dean McCabe, Paddy Branagan, Callan Branagan, James Keenan, Ryan Matthews, Jamie O’Hagan, Ross Carr, John Boden Tiernan McEvoy, Ryan McGreevy, Darren Quinn, Colm Fearon, Conor Woods, Brandon Roe; Subs uses@ Shay fitzpatrick, Darragh Fitzpatrick, Brendan O’Hagan, Jonathon Gribben.
CLONDUFF U10 CHALLENGE IN BRYANSFORD
Over 20 Clonduff boys took part in a challenge game in Bryansford on Monday evening playing in two teams and every child got plenty of game time with both teams playing some great football. Pic 1 shows the children from both clubs on steps of host club. Pic 2 the Clonduff boys: back row (l to r): Shea Fegan, Daniel McPolin, Cathal Fegan, Shea Lavery, Charlie McConville, Oisin Woods, Domimic Patrowski; middle row ( l to r): Conor Ward, Tommy Smith, Rory McAleavey, Darragh Fitzpatrick, Lónan McDonald, Lorcan Binks, Callum Greene; front row (l to r): Ryan Tweedy, Tiernan McGrath, Michael McArdle, James Cunningham, Brian McGreevy, Darragh McPolin, Darragh Kane, Conor McGrath, Lee Fallon
Ulster Hurling League – Killeavey v Clonduff
This game was postponed from Saturday and will now take place on Wednesday 27th July in Killeavey.
Juvenile Hurling Coaching Sessions
The County Board has organised three coaching mornings for all of the P5 & P6 (last school year) hurlers in the South Down area. They will be taking place in the following locations:
Castlewellan Tuesday 26th July 10:30 to 12:1
Warrenpoint Tuesday 2nd August 10:30 to 12:15
Newry Tuesday 30 August 10:30 to 12:15
This is an opportunity for our young hurlers to receive coaching from the County Coaching Officers.
Transport will be provided to and from the sessions. The bus will be leaving the Clubrooms on the day of the training at 9.50am and returning at 12.45 pm.
There will be a £2 charge each day for the bus. All players are asked to confirm attendance with Shane Quinn asap
Down Junior LGFA Clonduff v Tullylish
The Clonduff girls, missing quite a number of regulars were well beaten on the scoreline which was not a true reflection of the effort on the field. Team: Shannon O’Reilly, Paddi Fitzpatrick, Brigid Quinn, Emma McGreevy, Roisin Mulholland, Fianna Burns, Kelley Fitzpatrick, Laura Taylor, Amy Lowry, Aoife Brown, Isabella O’Hare, Martina Cunningham, Alanna Donnan.
Clonduff Camogie Club 50th Anniversary Celebrations – Saturday 1st April 2017 – SAVE THE DATE!
Next Saturday 30th July U6, U8 and U10 blitz in Liatroim at 11am. Meeting in Liatroim at 1030am. As with previous blitzes parents will transport the girls to and from the blitzes.
U14 league – Clonduff 4-1 Attical 3-2
Clonduff came from behind to secure the points in Tuesday night. Once again the team was missing quite a few regulars due to holidays and girls attending An Gaeltacht so a young team was fielded. Nevertheless the girls showed great heart and determination in what was a very exciting second half. Tierna Savage, Lily McAllister, Grace Clancy and Katie Morgan curtailed the Attical forward line and Niamh Ward pulled off some crucial saves. Ellen Shields and Erin Lively got some great scores to secure the win. Overall a great performance from all the girls. Well done!
Team and scorers: Eve Matthews, Katie Morgan, Grace Clancy, Lily McAllister, Tierna Savage, Katie Cunningham, Ellen Shields (4-0) Erin Lively (0-1) Ceallagh Byrne , Erin McAlinden, Niamh Ward, Meah Murphy, Blaithin Shields and Aoife O'Rourke.
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Aughlisnafin club notes - 25 July 201626 July 2016, 2:11 pm
Aughlisnafin club notes - 25 July 2016
*The U-16’s got their first win in the East Down A Championship last Thursday evening when they defeated Castlewellan for the second time this season. In his first game back from injury Shea Croskery led the charge with an impressive 4-4 from play. Oran Flanagan tallied 0-9 with seven from frees, one from play and a monstrous ’45 capping a virtuso display in place kicking. Conor Robb was on target with 0-2, the second of which the Town keeper pushed a goal bound effort over the bar. Eoin Lundy also on target with a point from play but he did his best work from deep and providing numerous assists. The ‘Fin led 3-06 to 1-06 at half time before outscoring the ‘Town 1-10 to 1-04 in a superb second half showing. Callum Haynes and Adam Lenaghan were strong in the full back line while Ben Ogle, Ruairi Quinn and Conor Matthews got forward at every opportunity to support the attack but were quick to defend when required. Final score Aughlisnafin 4-15 Castlewellan 2-10. Next game is at home to Saul this Thursday at 7.30 pm. Saul won the league fixture and the ‘Fin will be hoping to avoid a repeat of this result. Training every Tuesday at 7 pm.
*The Seniors won convincingly by fourteen points in the end at home to Aghaderg on Friday evening despite several absentees and only twelve players finishing the game. Shane Mooney top scored with 2-3 with Sean Fitzsimmons and Ciaran Rice both getting 0-3 apiece. Sean and Ben Willoughby were also on target with a point each. Next match is at home to St Michaelsthis Friday at 7.30 pm where a win would lift the ‘Fin above St Michaels and up to sixth place in the league standings.
*The Year 6’s and Year 4’s were at St Patrick’s Park in Newcastle for the latest round of Go Games. The Year 4’s put in impressive performances in games against both Bryansford teams and Ballykinlar. The Year 6’s also showing well against Bryansford and Drumaness.
*The U14's are back in league action after a two week break and are away to Drumaness on Monday 1st August.
*The U12's are away to Kilclief this Sunday at 12 noon
Down MHC Preview - County Manager considers Clubs’ Championship Chances26 July 2016, 11:10 am
Down MHC Preview - County Manager considers Clubs’ Championship Chances
With the Club Minor Hurling Championship about to commence, we took the opportunity to ask Down County Minor Hurling Manager, Ronan Sheehan for his views on the forthcoming MHC campaign:
Q: From your knowledge of the minor hurling scene, who seem to be the strongest side going into this years MHC?
R.S: Certainly on league form you would have to say that Portaferry seem to be the team with the best form, structure and greatest spread of players. They have won all their games thus far and have been racking up some big scores while their work rate alongside their team play has been excellent – I know Marty and Mick (Portaferry mentors) won’t thank me for that answer but genuinely feel they have been the most impressive team thus far.
Q: Of course, championships can bring upsets along the way and the team that appears the strongest at the outset doesn’t always win. Are there any ‘dark horses’ who could take the title?
R.S.: While I rate Portaferry as favourites, you couldn’t rule out Ballycran, Carryduff or indeed Liatroim. While Ballycran may not have the same “star” names as the other two clubs they certainly have a good work ethic alongside good players such as Cathal Ritchie, Phelim Savage, Huw Flynn, and Philip Miskimmon among others so they will fancy their chances. Carryduff have a lot of talented players also but like Shamrocks last year may find challenging for both the hurling and football title in the one year a real challenge. Finally while mainly an u17 side, I think Liatroim on their day can be a match for anyone particularly if the two McCrickards are on form.
Q: What players should anyone attending the MHC games look out for?
R.S: We are lucky in Down that every team has some very good hurlers - from Portaferry, I would be looking to Daithi Sands, Callum Smyth and Ronan Blair all of whom have excelled for club and county this year…..the return of Ronan Beattie and Peter Loughran will clearly boost Carryduff while in Donal Og Rooney, they have one of the best defenders at minor level in Ulster. Across the city in Bredagh while again a very young team, they will look to Declan McCartney, Micheal Napier and particularly Jake Carlin - who has been outstanding for the county this year - to inspire their younger team mates. Among the other Ards teams I think I have already mentioned the key players for Ballycran but would also add Liam McCarthy who although only u16, has been the most improved player in the county this year while Ballygalget will look to county captain Eoin Coulter for inspiration alongside Eoin Kelly and some excellent u16s in Cathal Coulter and Tim Prenter. Elsewhere Liatroim in the two McCrickards Ruairi and Conor have two of the most talented young hurlers in the province and supported by the likes of Caolen Moorehead and Cormac Lynch they will look to put a challenge to anyone. Shamrocks will be looking to the likes of Adrian Mee, Stephen McKey, Paddy Brannigan and Conor McPolin to help go one better than last year while their neighbours in Warrenpoint will be relying heavily on Feargal Murphy and Niall McParland.
Q: The MHC title used to be the preserve of the Ards clubs until in recent years some teams have made a breakthrough and won the Championship, do you think the traditional gap between Ards and ‘mainland’ minors has narrowed?
Its great in some ways to see O Rahillys win the minor title two years ago and indeed my own club Shamrocks reach the final last year so certainly the gap would appear to be closing at minor level…..my own personal opinion is that this is a result of both an improvement in the “mainland” but also some slippage in the Ards (primarily due to lack of numbers), our challenge collectively now is how do we maintain that improvement at minor and beyond as the likes of Paul Coulter and myself see this every year with the county minors/development squads that the Ards lads really start to improve as they start playing Antrim league but the non Ards lads development starts to stagnate and they slip backwards…..so while great progress has been made there are massive challenges ahead and we shouldn’t be complacent.
Q: Anything else you want to add?
R.S.: Just to wish all the players the best of luck in the Championship…..
And no doubt we would all agree with that. Thanks to Ronan for his comments and on behalf of everyone in the County, best wishes to everyone associated with the Down Minor Hurling team as they embark on their All Ireland B Championship campaign this weekend.
Down MHC Preview - County Manager considers Clubs’ Championship Chances
Tuesday 26th July 2016
Down MHC Preview - County Manager considers Clubs’ Championship Chances With the Club Minor Hurling Championship about to commence, we t Read More...
GAA and GPA announce framework agreement for 2017-201925 July 2016, 8:21 pm
The GAA and the GPA are pleased to confirm that following discussions in recent months a framework agreement has been reached covering relations between the two bodies for the period 2017-2019.
The agreement will build on the principles enshrined in the GAA/GPA Recognition Protocol of 2011.
That Protocol recognised the contribution inter-county players make to the commercial success of the GAA and acknowledged the huge commitment given by and expected of them. It also acknowledged the GPA as the representative body of senior inter-county players. Crucially, the Protocol acknowledged that both the GAA and GPA were committed to maintaining and protecting the amateur status of the GAA.
The new framework agreement, which will be used to finalise a revised Recognition Protocol over the coming months, builds upon the success of the 2011 Protocol and enhances the principles enshrined therein.
The agreement contains a number of elements which will provide greater practical support to county players and also ensures that they can have a more direct input into important issues pertaining to their playing careers.
The framework will include:
(1) Mechanisms to improve input from county players into matters of GAA policy that are important to them;
(2) Establishment of a working party to explore and address the demands placed on county players;
(3) Increased level of reimbursement of expenses incurred by inter-county players;
(4) Increase in funding available to support Player Development Programmes via the GPA.
Speaking about the new framework agreement, GAA Ard Stiúrthóir Paraic Duffy said:“We are pleased that our negotiations with the GPA have delivered an extension to our formal working relationship. I would like to thank our representatives in the process for their time and dedication and I also acknowledge the input of the GPA in a process that required middle ground between our two organisations.”
Uachtarán Chumann Lúthchleas Gael Aogán Ó Fearghail added: “Our inter-county players make a special contribution to the Association in so many ways. The increased commitment involved in playing our games at inter-county level has been commonly acknowledged for some time. We are serious about the welfare of our players and will continue to work with the GPA to safeguard that welfare.”
GPA Chief Executive Dessie Farrell added: “Today’s announcement is another historic milestone for players, the GPA and the GAA. This agreement, emphasises the crucial role played by county players in our games and indeed acknowledges their dedication and commitment in performing at the highest level. It ensures the financial impact on players is reduced while placing the support structures within the GPA for players on a very firm footing. This three-year agreement now establishes a long-term commitment to link player welfare and development with the GAA’s commercial success which is highly significant.”
GPA President Dermot Earley added: “By pledging to support the needs of county players and recognising the increasingly challenging environment in which they operate, the GAA has taken a very important step in securing their future well-being. Another significant development within this framework, which will be welcomed widely by county players, is the establishment of two formal structures which will facilitate increased contribution from players into policy decisions of the GAA.
“I want to thank the GAA team and executive for their commitment to this lengthy negotiation process. I would also like to extend my sincere gratitude to the players, officers and executives involved on the GPA side for their contribution to the process which has culminated in such a positive outcome for all parties.”
The GAA and GPA negotiating groups will now use this Framework Agreement to finalise a revised Recognition Protocol document covering the three-year period 2017 – 2019. It is anticipated that this detailed work will be concluded later in 2016.
GAA: Fergal McCormack, John Horan, Liam Keane and Feargal McGill
GPA: Dermot Earley, Séamus Hickey, Richie Hogan, Paul Flynn, Aidan Gordon and Aaron Shearer
Summary of Framework for Agreement – 4 areas
1. Enhanced input into policy decisions.
– GPA to have additional delegate to Congress along with Ard Chomhairle Rep.
– GPA to have right to submit one motion to Congress annually in line with other units.
– Creation of a Policy Forum to discuss issues of concern and relevance to the GPA.
2. Demands on senior inter-county players.
– New working group of players and administrators established to examine demands on players.
– Proposals formulated and presented to Central Council by June 2017.
– Aim of this new group will be to ensure that amateur players can maintain a balance between their personal and professional lives and their club and county careers.
3. Player Expenses and Reimbursement.
– Review of current document on expenses/gear for approval by Central Council this November.
– Mileage Rate: increase for inter-county players to between 62.5c and 65c per mile (to a maximum total cost of €1.5m).
– Nutrition Expense: new refundable & vouched nutrition expense (to the amount of €1.2 million per year) to be introduced.
– €200,000 to be set aside each year to deal specifically with surgical interventions for former inter county players.
– Cost of increases to mainly come from central GAA funding – Central Council to ring-fence funding to counties to assist with these additional costs.
4. Core Funding of the GPA - Provision of Welfare/Development Services.
- GAA to provide €2.5 million or 15% of net central Commercial Revenue (whichever is higher) in each of the three years of the agreement.
– Commercial Revenue i.e. Media Coverage, Sponsorship, Franchising, Licensing.
– In 2015 agreement this figure was €2.0 million.
– GPA to present outline budget to Central Council annually and provide annual end-of-year report to Central Council outlining how funding was disbursed.
– The GAA will nominate a member to the GPA’s Finance Committee and vice versa.
- Commercial Partnership (Le Chéile) to be revamped.
– New Board to be established including two external non executive members.
– GAA to guarantee additional €800,000 p/a from it to GPA for Player Services.
– All GPA commercial activities will be undertaken through this body only.
– All other GPA fundraising limited to dinners etc. in Ireland and overseas.
GAA and GPA announce framework agreement for 2017-2019
Monday 25th July 2016
The GAA and the GPA are pleased to confirm that following discussions in recent months a framework agreement has been reached covering relat Read More...
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