Dungloe and Na Rossa have been allowed to join forces at minor football level despite allegations of the creation of an ‘Elitist and Super Club.
The amalgamation of the two clubs at U-18 under the name of Dungloe/Na Rossa was granted at Monday night’s county committee meeting on the casting vote of the county chairman Sean Dunnion.
The chairman was called on to make the decision after the proposal for the amalgamation ended in a tie on 25 votes for and 25 votes against. There were 26 absentees.
The proposal was in the name of both clubs and the vote was taken after a lengthy discussion on the topic which was opposed in the main by most of the clubs in the south west of the county. The main charge levelled by those against the amalgamation was that the amalgamation was creating an ‘elitist and super club’ tag.
However, this tag has been refuted this week by the secretary of the Na Rossa club Pat Boyle, who said he was surprised at the opposition and the comments used by those who were so vocal against the amalgamation.
“I don’t think Na Rossa and Dungloe coming together is creating an elitist and super club and I don’t think it can be in any way co mpared with St. Eunan’s,” Boyle told the Democrat.
“People also seem to ignore the fact that we are in the same parish and the simple truth of the matter is we do not have enough players to have a minor team. We have ten minors and there is no way you can field a team with only ten players.
“We are really struggling for numbers. We have only three U-14s and four U-16s and obviously are unable to field teams at U-14 and U-16. A very interesting statistic about our senior team too is that out a panel of 21 players only one of those players are in the age bracket between 20 and 30.
“We have ten under 20s and ten over 30s with just the one in his 20s . All the rest of that age bracket have emigrated. Four lads have left the area since Christmas and the fact is the ten U-20s are all minors and if we were not being accommodated by the amalgamation we would not be able to field a senior team. We have no reserve team this year so I don’t know how any one could call us joining with Dungloe as the creation of an ‘elitist and super club,’ said Boyle, who added that there was no opposition to other amalgamations such as Killybegs and Naomh Ultan and Naomh Brid and Pettigo.
The amalgamation will be called Dungloe/Na Rossa and will field two teams in both the minor league and championship. This is understood to be one of the stipulations laid down by Dungloe and was approved on Monday night.
Also at Monday night’s meeting Na Rossa U-14 and U-16 players were regularised to play with Dungloe at U-14 and U-16 level in 2014.