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Juvenile Hurling Club 2012 AGM Minutes

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Ballinkillen Juvenile Hurling Club AGM 2012 – Minutes

Date: 		24-11-2012
Location:	Ballinkillen H.C. Clubhouse

Present:	Muiris Bric
		        Sanj Chada
		        Tommy Dowling		
		        Michael Doyle
		        Mary Farrell
		        Packie Geoghegan
		        Kevin Joyce
		        Michael Kavanagh
		        Michael McDonagh
		        Neil McLoughlin		
		        Tony Meaney
		        Dinny Murphy
		        Michael O'Brien
		        Mick Redmond
		        Mike Redmond
		        Nicky Roberts	
		        Richie Ryan
		        Derek Tracey
		        Mary Tracey
		        John Whelan

Apologies:	Pat English

		
Agenda:	1. Minutes Silence
		        2. Chairman's Address
		        3. Secretary's Report
		        4. Treasurer's Report
		        5. Election of Officers
		        6. Team Mentors
		        7. Motions/Recommendations
		        8. Calendar
		        9. AOB

Minutes:

Chairman's Address:

- After a minutes silence, the Chairman thanked the Mentors and Officers for all their work during the year and 
congratulated our players and parents on their success, reaching A finals at U
-12, U-14 and U-16, with a fine win at U-16.
Tony also thanked Fenagh G.F.C. for their co-operation and support throughout the year and looked forward to another
successful year in 2013.
Secretary's Report: I'd like to thank the parents of our players for supporting training and fixtures all year, the Club Lotto, flag days, the cabaret
and other fund-raising events shared with the Senior and Camogie clubs
. Special thanks to all our officers for the work
they've put in during the year. It's easy to underestimate the amount of work involved in just keeping the club ticking over
– a lot of this work is not seen.
Fenagh Juvenile G.F.C. have given us every support we could look for and we hope to continue and enhance the
co-operation between the 2 clubs in the year ahead. Joint training at U-16 and U-14 was a positive development and we
hope to build on the start made this year.
Thanks to the Senior club for the excellent facilities we enjoy here. Particular thanks to Pat English again for all his
assistance in our dealings with the County Board and in general thanks to
Officers in both the Senior and Camogie clubs
for their help.
Thanks to Newtown and Ballinkillen schools for co-operating with us on the Club-School-Link initiative and to Kevin Joyce
and Tommy Dowling for their work on this.
The last thank you is to our mentors who keep the show on the road week to week. We're very lucky to have had such a
strong coaching team this year. This
was reflected in our strong performance at all age levels.
- Highlight's of the year for each age group: U-16: 2012 turned out to be a fruitful year for the Ballinkillen U-16 hurling squad, we ventured into new ground at the start of the
year, entering the Leinster League, playing 3 games against opposition from Camross of Laois, Fr. O'Regans of Wexford
and Ratoath of Meath – 2 fine wins and a narrow loss to Ratoath (in one of our finest displays of the year) saw us leave the
competition.
The Championship got of to a slow start, seeing us play only one competitive game in the first 6 rounds between teams
pulling out and a game being fixed on the same night as a minor football match. That aside, once we did get going after
the exams, training and spirits picked up. A succession of quick games saw us lose only once in the league stage and
secure a semi-final spot. The semi-final was won easily enough in the end. Our finest victory and highlight of the year
came while beating Muine Bheag in the U-16 'A' Final in August, only our 3
rd victory in the club's history at this grade and
the first since 1999. A tremendous effort from all involved saw us run out 3 point winners in the end.
Full credit must be given to all 23 playing members of the panel who worked together in bringing this year to a fitting close.
Our hope is that these memorise will last forever with them and that they can keep playing and bring future success to
themselves and to the club.
A special thanks to all parents who got players to and from training and matches , especially to our 3 Clonegal/Kildavin
members for their effort and endless travelling during the year.
A final note of appreciation is warranted for the Juvenile committee for their organisation and support to all teams during
the year, well done to all.
U-16 Mentors: Michael Doyle, Seamus O'Neill, Nicky Roberts and Mick Redmond. U-14: Ballinkillen U-14s got off to a very good start this year by reaching the County Feile final, which was one of the best games
seen at U-14 level. Unfortunately, the boys were very unlucky to lose out by a single point in what was a very tough game.
This didn't dampen the team's spirit and later in the year they reached the county 'A' final. Although the result didn't go
our way that day, we are very proud of the commitment and pride the boys had in their jersey throughout the year.
We would like to thank parents for bringing their children to training and matches and supporting us. We would also like to say a massive thank you to our sponsors for the great help they have provided. One of our great players, Liam Murphy, has now moved to Galway and we would like to wish Liam all the best in the future.
He will be greatly missed.
Looking forward to an even more successful year next year. From John, Packie and Tommy. We had a panel of about 25 players at U-14 this year. Jamie Wall represented Carlow in the All-Ireland Feile Skills competition. U-12: This year was another very good year for the U-12's. At the start of the year we played in an indoor tournament in
Rathnure. We played 4 matches in the tournament and got to the 'B' Final. We were beaten in the final, but the boys put in
a very good performance.
We played 6 matches in the county league, won 5 and lost one to 'Rangers. We played 'Rangers in the final and were only
beaten by one point. On that evening in Dr. Cullen, the size of the pitch did not conform to Coiste na nOg rules for pitches
at U-12 level. This was disappointing for both teams on the evening in question.
We played Paulstown and Gowran in practice games during the year, we were beaten by Gowran but won well against
Paulstown. I tried very hard to get more practice matches outside of the County, e.g. Bunclody, Rathnure,
Graiguenamanagh and Athy, but these clubs were busy with fixtures within their own County. This is something I think we
need to bring up at County level, as six games at U-12 level is not enough. Players prefer matches ahead of training
sessions and I think a match is more beneficial than a training session any day.
We had 25 players on the panel but there were only between 12 and 16 players consistently turning up for both training
and matches. That was including two U-10 players.
I would like to thank John Dowling and Martin Delaney for all their hard work with training and matches during the year.
Their help made my job a lot easier. I would also like to thank the Committee and all the parents for their help and support.
Derek, John and Martin. U-10: We had about 21 players at U-10 this year. We managed 17 training sessions, 3 friendly games (Graiguenamanagh, St. Mullins, Burrin Rangers) and 7 Go-Games
blitzes. We also played Bagenalstown at half time during Ballinkillen's Senior County semi-final.
MLR invited us to take part in their U-10 Blitz at the end of the year and we played MLR, Graiguenamanagh and The Rower
in this competition. This was a very well organised event and thanks to MLR for having us.
Weather conditions and the scheduling of the Go-Games fixtures restricted the number of games we played during the
year.
U-10 mentors this year were Michael Kavanagh, Kevin Joyce and Neil McLoughlin. U-8: Ballinkillen U-8 Team General Report 24-11-2012 o Richard Ryan o Mike Redmond o Brendan Leen > 26 U-8 players were registered in 2012. Attendance at training was about 95% - 11 players will remain at U-8 in 2013 - 15 players will move up to U-10 in 2013 > 17 training sessions were held out of the 28 available. Most cancellations were as a result of bad weather. April: 3 sessions. 1 cancelled May: 5 sessions. 0 cancelled June: 2 sessions. 3 cancelled July: 2 sessions. 2 cancelled August: 1 session. 2 wk break. 2 cancelled September: 1 session. 3 cancelled (1 due to Ploughing) October: 1 session before end of season > Tommy Walsh – Training Session 16/06/2012 - 14 U-8 players attended on the day. Everyone enjoyed the session. > Four friendlies played this year: - St. Mullins - Graiguenamanagh - Carlow Town - Burrin Rangers > 6 Go-Games blitzes were attended this year by our U-8s - St. Mullins - MLR - Ballinkillen - Carlow Town - Bagenalstown > Croke Park Experience 27/08/2012 24 players, 4 coaches and a large numbers parents attended on the day and although it rained heavenly for most of the
morning, the players thoroughly enjoyed it. Thanks to Tony
Meaney for helping out.
U-6: We had between 9 and 19 U-6s at training sessions this year and were able to arrange 5 friendly games during the year.
We
held about 17 training sessions.
The Go-Games fixtures this year didn't explicitely cater for the U-6 age level and this restricted the number of games we
were able to organise at U-6.
Treasurer's report: The Treasurer provided a copy of the detailed accounts for 2012. In summary: Opening Balance: € 2,812.76 Total Income: € 7,888.84 Total Expenditure: € 6,149.37 Closing Balance:         € 4,552.23 The finances of the club are in a healthy state heading into 2013. Thanks to Mary Tracey for the very fine job done again
this year.
Election of Officers: Office            Outgoing (2012) Incoming (2013) Chairman             Tony Meaney Tony Meaney Secretary             Neil Mcloughlin Neil McLoughlin Assistant Secretary     -                 (vacant) Treasurer             Mary Tracey         Mary Tracey PRO             Mary Farrell         Mary Farrell Assistant PRO     -                 Sanj Chada Coaching and Games & Club-School Link Co-ordinator     Kevin Joyce Kevin Joyce Children's Officer & ASAP Officer     -                 Michael McDonagh Designated Person     -                 Mary Farrell Fenagh Club Repesentative             -                 (vacant) Registrar             Neil McLoughlin Neil Mcloughlin A special thanks to Michael McDonagh and Mary Farrell for helping the club to meet our requirements under the GAA
Child Welfare Guidleines.
Committee:
Muiris Bric
Tommy Dowling
Michael Doyle
Packie Geoghegan

Michael Kavanagh

Dinny Murphy

Michael O'Brien

Mick Redmond

Mike Redmond

Nicky Roberts

Richie Ryan

Derek Tracey

John Whelan
Team Mentors 2013:

Michael Doyle and Seamus O'Neill indicated that they would be stepping down from coaching at U-16 in 2013 after their 
great success in 2012.
U-6:     Sanj Chada, (vacant), (vacant) U-8:     Mike Redmond, Brendan Leen, Tony Meaney U-10: Michael Kavanagh, Kevin Joyce, Richard Ryan U-12: Derek Tracey, Martin Delaney, Neil McLoughlin U-14: Packie Geoghegan, John Dowling, (vacant) U-16: Nicky Roberts, Mick Redmond, Tommy Dowling, John Whelan Club Mentors and Officers will continue to look for new recruits to fill the vacancies at U-6 and U-14. Motions & Recommendations: One recommendation was proposed (and brought to Coiste na nOg Convention): That semi-final pairings in the Coiste na nOg competitions at U-16 and U-14 age levels should be made so that after the
league stage, the 1
st team plays the 4th team and the 2nd team plays the 3rd team. If semi-final pairings are to be decided
by open draw, all clubs involved in those semi-finals should be given the opportunity to be represented at the draw, with
a minimum of 2 days notice.
It was subsequently clarified at the Coiste na nOg Convention that this is already the case (i.e. semi-final pairings are
1
st v 4th and 2nd v 3rd ).


Calendar: The calendar of events for the start of 2013 was outlined. Other activites: o The club website was re-vamped and re-launched in 2012 (Michael Kavanagh, Brendan Leen, Neil McLoughlin). o A training session with Tommy Walsh was organised by Brendan Leen. o We took part in the U-15 Leinster Club League under lights (Nicky Roberts and Tommy Dowling). o Kevin Joyce and Tommy Dowling continued hurling coaching in Ballinkillen and Newtown National schools under the Club-School
 link initiative.
o We attended the 6 Coiste na nOg club meetings during the year. o Training courses were attended by our mentors in Foundation Level and Level 1 hurling coaching as well as basic First Aid. o Club Officers attended PRO and Secretary training nights. o The Club attended the Coiste na nOg presentation night at the Seven Oaks (Seamus O'Neill and Derek Tracey) o U-6, U-8 and U-10 coaches attended a Workshop/Review of Go-Games (Tony, Richie, Mike, Brendan, Neil)
Dissapointments: o The Go-Games fixtures program for 2012 clashed with Football training in Fenagh. This issue was raised with the
organisers at the start of the year
by both Clubs.
o The club did not run our annual Blitzes at any age level in 2012. o It was noted that while the U-12 competition was generally a huge improvement on the previous year and well
organised by Paddy Robinson, our U-12s had just 7 scheduled games, including their final and no scheduled game
between early June and
7th of September. It was agreed that the club would raise this concern with Coiste na nOg ahead
of the 2013 season.
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