Bord Na nOg Convention
The first of the Annual conventions for 2011 took place at Nowlan Park on Wednesday evening when Bord na nÓg reviewed what secretary Martin Quilty described as a great year for the under age board. Mr Quilty who is beginning his final year as secretary thanked the clubs for their co operation in helping to get all competitions completed. He had special words of praise for Thomastown, Bennettsbridge and Slieverue for their progress during the year. The only cloud on what was a very successful year was the fact that were 95 walk over’s given (32 in hurling and 63 in football). However a total of 725 matches were played.
Chairman Willie Dempsey who was completing his first year in charge thanked everyone for their support and help in what he described a learning curve and a most enjoyable experience.
Mr Dempsey lauded the development squads and thanked all who promoted under age games in the county particularly those involved in football.
Pat Dunphy vice chairman of the county board appealed to clubs to ensure that they fulfil all their fixtures. He reminded delegates that all the recent successful Kilkenny players had begun their careers in Bord na nÓg competitions.
County Board officers Paul Kinsella, Ned Quinn, Conor Denieffe, Barry Hickey and Bord na nÓg vice chairman Bosco Bryan also addressed the meeting.
There were a number of recommendations considered with one from Dunnammaggin concerning the registration of players from clubs with two teams in the same age group causing the most debate.
The five year rule necessitated just one change in the officer ship. Patrick Flynn (St Martin’s) replaces Richie Stone (St Patricks) as P.R.O. Mr Stone had completed 21 years in that position.
Chairman Willie Dempsey (Thomnastown)
Vice/Chairman Bosco Bryan (John Lockes)
Secretary Martin Quilty (Slieverue)
Treasurer Joe Pyke (Clara)
Registrar John Reid (Dunnamaggin)
P.R.O. Patrick Flynn (St Martins)