Déise finances looking up

WATERFORD GAA chiefs are hopeful of breaking even by year’s end despite the downturn in the economy.

Estimates released at Monday’s board meeting predict a final bill of €552,000 for preparing intercounty teams in 2010 — €50,000 less than last season’s figure — while a number of fundraising activities have netted the board €54,000.

Earlier this year Waterford officials admitted to serious financial concerns, but with those latest numbers — coupled with an expected influx in cash from the conclusions of the county championships — bosses are more confident that they can balance the books at year’s end.

Board treasurer Michael Hogan told delegates this week that €252,000 was spent on the senior hurlers with €146,000 on their football equivalent. The remainder was spent on the U21 and minor teams in both codes. Savings were made in the areas of gear allocation and mileage, according to sources.

Meanwhile, Hogan said he will be stepping down from the role at December’s annual convention due to work commitments. Senior football boss John Owens and his management team of Jim McGrath, Liam Dalton and Kenny Hassett received a two year term while former county star Liam O’Connor was named minor hurling manager. Elsewhere, the dates and venues for the Waterford SHC quarter-finals have been confirmed.

* Saturday (Sept 25): Passage East v Fourmilewater, Fraher Field, (5pm). Sunday (Sept 26): Ballyduff Upper v Lismore, Fraher Field, 2pm; De La Salle v Tallow, Fraher Field, 3.30pm; Ballygunner (holders) v Mount Sion, Walsh Park, 3.30pm.

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