The letter to the board was called out of order by the chairman Larry McCarthy, but a motion from the floor by the delegates was passed to allow them to stay in the chase for the intermediate championship.
It is worth noting that the problems Roscommon have are very real, and it is always in the best interest of the clubs to help them to stay active.
The rulebook which was under scrutiny at the rules convention just two weeks ago took another hit, however. It lives on a year to year basis and is certainly not the law, but a scroll that is used for reference only.
Following hard on the heels of Roscommon were the reversal of two transfers from this past month, with another on hold. The rule says the players show in person to avoid such controversies, but more on that next week in another rule book fiasco.
On to the intermediate division then. This year nine teams will vie for the crown, eaten semifinalists Astoria and Dublin, Armagh, Rangers, who took home the junior crown and move up to this level, Kerry, last season’s runners up Offaly, Brooklyn/Long Island, Mayo and of course Roscommon.
Traditionally the toughest division to win, there are at least seven come playoff time that could go all the way.
The new division has a new board with Terry Connaughton (Roscommon) the chair, John Phelan, (Rangers) the vice chair, and Seamus Collins (Mayo) the secretary and rep to the schedule.
Kudos to the men for stepping forward for their jobs, but alarming that no new blood is stepping forward in roles. All clubs in this division are invited to a meeting this Thursday to sort out their schedule. Bring a copy of proposed schedule for all the delegates at 7:30 at the Riverdale Steakhouse.
For the juniors there is some new blood on the way. Hold-overs from last year are Rockland, St. Barnabas, Donegal, FDNY, Monaghan and Celtics.
Tyrone is coming in with a junior side to supplement their senior one. It’s fantastic to see them hold on to the fringe senior players by setting up a second team.
Westmeath are back with a junior side. New York PRO Joan Henchy said, “It’s brilliant to see them return. They were a huge asset to the association in both hurling and football in the last three decades.
“We also have Setanta from upstate slated to join the juniors, and on the heels of Tyrone’s announcement it will make for a competitive division.” Donie O’Sullivan is the chair for 2010.
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