The underage GAA season in the Southern Minor Board area got underway yesterday (Sunday) after the Board had their launch on Saturday afternoon in Dom’s Pier One, Donegal Town.
The Minor League games yesterday were the opening games of the season and at the launch, Board chairman Ciaran Campbell wished all the teams well.
He thanked Michael Breslin of Dom’s Pier One for sponsoring the launch and also for sponsoring the Division 1 Minor Championship.
“It is fair to say that the 2014 season, in terms of an administrative view, was extremely challenging due to the welcome success of both our county minors and seniors. Their success clearly impacted on the 2014 fixture schedule run off – most notably at minor championship level. Mistakes were made but rather than ignore what happened in what was a very unique season, many of the fixture planner stakeholders – the Children’s Board – now the Donegal Youth Committee, our Northern Board counterparts and the Senior CCC – have worked together to address those issues with a view to preparing a 2015 schedule that while challenging, can deliver the timely run-off of all our competitions,” said Mr. Campbell
“Considerable time, effort and scarce resource have gone into drawing up the 2015 season’s fixture plan. There is literally no wriggle room in terms of fixture change and while I appreciate that many will have their own opinion regards the same, I would echo the County Board Chairperson’s sentiments that he publicly pronounced at the 2014 Donegal GAA Annual Convention when he effectively stated that those that dare to criticise the efforts and decisions made at administrative level, should in real terms put themselves, their ideas and opinions forward by standing for the very same positions that over the year, before and after, make the very same decisions that are continuously called into question. I
“It is in that vein, that I would ask all the relevant stakeholders in our fixture programme to set aside their own opinions, accept what has been a painstaking piece of work and ensure that the fixture schedule is strictly adhered to and thus guarantees the timely run off of all or competitions,” he said.
The chairman paid tribute to the work being done at school and colleges’ level and urged all schools to compete in a manner in Ulster that can deliver success.
He concluded by wishing all teams success in 2015 and thanking his fellow officers for their help during the year.