President’s Blog May 2011
Playing Rules Review Group
This year, a full review of the playing rules of Camogie will be undertaken.
The 2012 Annual Congress in March in Cork will consider recommendations for proposed changes. Watch out over the Summer for opportunities to give your opinion on what Camogie rules should change or what new ones could be considered for introduction.
The best way to take part in the consultation is to register for our Camogiezine – you can do this on the home page of the website.
æThe month before FÚile’
In the Camogie world, the month of May could really be renamed to æthe month before FÚile’!
The qualifying competitions for the 41st FÚile na nGael in Galway, have taken place all over the country. Qualification for the national event is a cherished ambition and later becomes a cherished memory. I saw that for myself over the past couple of weeks at the Dublin Final when St. Jude’s got the better of Lucan Sarsfields and at the Kildare Final when Naas just edged Celbridge.
At this stage, contacts are being made between the 35 host Camogie clubs and their visitors.
I can assure everybody that Galway is ready and waiting!
Last week, Camogie, the GAA and the Handball Associations at national level and in Galway united to visit 135 schools to promote FÚile. As well as being great fun we encountered huge interest and lots of creative talent amongst the young students. Well done to all the children and of course to the teachers, county players, club mentors and county officials who had undertaken incredible preparatory work and were extremely welcoming wherever we went. Bus +ireann are on board this year as new sponsors and that’s good news too in this tough economic climate.
It all kicks off the weekend 24-26th June with 16 bands and over 200 teams on parade in Loughrea on the Friday evening (24th June)
æPink Jersey Day’ in Ulster
I also got the chance to attend the Ulster Camogie Colleges Council’s æPink Jersey’ Day in Watty Graham’s GAA club in Derry recently. Over 400 players aged under 14 from Ulster post primary schools participated in a Development Day. Older students refereed all the games and helped out with the running of the event.
Sponsored by O’Neill’s an elusive æPink Jersey’ was presented to the most committed players throughout the day. Somehow I got one too! Much appreciated.
Catriona Scott’s team from St. Pat’s Maghera and all the teachers and students deserve huge congrats for a tremendous initiative.
2011 Championship Launch
This year’s All Ireland Championship series is nearly upon us. Can’t wait. It’s the best part of each year.
There might be favourites for a championship title but there are no certainties. That’s the joy of it.
Watch out for the launch on 1st June.
See you at the games!
Siobhßn NÝ Fhloinn