The secretary of the Imokilly divisional board has called on clubs to give greater support to its hurling and football teams if they are to continue competing in the senior championships.
The East Cork division withdrew from the football championship this year when it could not field a side for a second-round clash with Seandun in the divisions and colleges section, and while all hurling fixtures were fulfilled, availability of players was a problem.
In her report for next Wednesday’s board AGM in Rostellan, divisional secretary Tracey Kennedy, who is also PRO of the Cork County Board, says: “The difficulties we had with Imokilly senior teams this year, particularly in football, but also in hurling, prompted the board to set up a sub-committee to examine the situation. Niall Barrett (Carrigtwohill), John Parker (Youghal), Richie Cahill (Glenville), Don Hegarty (Carraig na bhFear), Ronan Dwane (Aghada), Michael O’Brien (East Cork Board), Brian Lotty (Glanmire), Kieran McGann (Castlelyons) and John O’Donoghue (Cobh) sat on this committee and presented an initial recommendation that selectors for both teams would be appointed early this year, but to date, this has not happened.
“There is little point in entering divisional teams if our clubs are not committed to supporting these teams, and this is something that must be considered going forward.”
In addition, Kennedy’s report makes the point that scheduling fixtures across a wide range of grades is proving more difficult due to the availability of players.
“One particularly noticeable trend,” she writes, “is the number of clubs who are unable to field on week nights due to players working in Dublin etc, and also the increasing difficulty players appear to be encountering in getting time off work on Saturdays for games.
“These issues will continue to pose challenges in the scheduling of fixtures, along with ‘back-door’ games, which we now have inall our adult competitions and which have led to particular difficulties in junior B hurling and football.”
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