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posted 2 Jun 2013, 06:06 by Unknown user
A chairde,
Congratulations to all schools who have reached Semple Stadium for the Tipperary Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Hurling/Camogie County Finals. It's a great honour for your school to play in the "Cathedral of Hurling" on County Finals Day. Every school who reaches the "Field of Dreams" on County Final Day deserves great credit. To those schools who haven't made it to Semple Stadium I say hard luck. However we commend every school who participated in our competitions this year and played their part in ensuring our competitions grow in strength year on year. The number of schools taking part in Allianz Cumann na mBunscol competitions in Tipperary continues to grow. We are delighted to see such good numbers playing Gaelic Games at Primary School level. This year we will have 28 County Finals over 2 days. That's 56 teams who have reached Semple Stadium. That's an increase of 2 Finals since last year when we had 26 Finals over 2 days. In 2008 we had 17 Finals over 2 days. Therefore a very sizeable increase in participation has been seen in 5 years.
We, in Allianz Cumann na mBunscol, are thrilled to see this and we hope numbers will continue to rise. The advent of Under 11 Go Games has helped this and this new concept has caught on well. There are issues still to iron out regarding Go Games and we intend to address these issues at the AGM in January. However to see children, who mightn't ever have got to play under the previous Under 11 system, now playing in each game is a step forward. Schools entering 2 Under 11 teams gives weaker children the chance to play aswell and this is a positive thing. Cynicism however, uncharacteristic of Allianz Cumann na mBunscol, is creeping into the Go Games model and the system has the potential to be abused. Schools must know their reponsibilty to Fair Play and not put A team players onto their B teams and not play their A team in B team competitions. This is the antithesis of what we are trying to achieve. Winning is not as important at Under 11 level as developing the skills and techniques of the players, and anyone who says it is has no place in the Allianz Cumann na mBunscol I want to be a part of. I want Allianz Cumann na mBunscol to promote Gaelic Games as the games of choice for young boys and girls. I want young players to get to play their favourite games in a child-centred and friendly environment. The days of mentors putting un-due pressure on Under 11 players and adopting win at all costs attitudes at that age group should be, and must be, consigned to the past. Also schools should know their responsibilty to promote respect for referees, officials and opposition coaches and players. Any school, or any person involved with a school, who breaches the respect initiative has no place in Allianz Cumann na mBunscol. Any teacher who fails to promote a healthy respect in his/her pupils for referees, officials and opponents has failed in their duty and has failed Allianz Cumann na mBunscol.
Those schools who haven't reached County Finals this year shouldn't be too despondent. Beidh la eile ag an bpaorach. Your day will come. I know how it feels to get close but fall at the last hurdle. For the last 3 years we, in Clerihan N.S, have fallen at the final hurdle in our quest to reach the Stadium. We were so close on each occasion but fell agonisingly short every time. But it's important to keep trying and trying and trying until you succeed.
To schools who, like Clerihan NS, got so close this year I say keep up the hard work, keep promoting the game, keep encouraging the children, keep giving of your time for them and your day will come. To those who have reached a County Final I wish your school the very best for the day. I hope the children enjoy the occasion and have a great day in Semple Stadium.
NB... Important Points regarding County Finals Day
1. Please plan to be in the Stadium 30 minutes before your scheduled time. This will give you time to avoid traffic problems or other unforseen issues that might delay your arrival in Thurles.
2. When you arrive you will be greeted by one of the Ground staff, who will guide you to your Dressing room. One of the Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Officers will also greet you on arrival.
3. When you get into the Dressing room please get togged out and ready quickly. You will be told where to go when ye run out onto the pitch.
4. Our PRO John Manley will photograph your team prior to throw-in.
5. You will have time for a quick warm up on pitch prior to throw-in.
6. All matches must be played on time and our schedule must run like clock-work, We have 28 Finals over 2 days, which is an enormous amount of matches, so we need schools to co-operate with us fully. It's vital you arrive to the Stadium on time, that you leave the dressing room on time and that you are ready for throw-in on time.
7. All post-match presentations will be done in the stand. Therefore no-one is allowed onto the pitch after the match. We have a responsibilty to Semple Stadium Management Committee and to the Stadium Shareholders to ensure the sod of the famous ground is not damaged.
8. Each team is to have a maximum of 5 mentors on the sideline. This includes hurley carriers and water carriers. Each of these mentors will be given a bib with the Respect logo on it. Under no circumstances will it be permitted to have any more than 5 on the sideline. Everyone else must stay in the stand. We will be very strict on this.
9. After the match each team must select their Player of the Match. This doesn't necessarily have to be their best player. Maybe it culd be the player who made the most improvements over the year etc. When he/she is selected they must go to John Manley for a quick interview and photo of them shaking the hand of the other team's Player of the Match.
10. Schools playing Under 11 Finals must bring the dates of birth of their players.
11. For Under 11 Finals any substitute who is listed on the Panel MUST be brought on at half time. There is no minimum amount of subs that have to be brought.
12. Schools don't bring any money for the referee or caretaker. Tipperary Allianz Cumann na mBunscol looks after that on County Finals Days.
13. There will be a bucket collection at the entrance to the Stadium. There will be no entrance fee but a voluntary donation of 1 euro can be given by anyone over 16 who is coming to the match, if they so wish. There is no obligation on anyone putting any money into the bucket. However any money collected will go towards Tipperary Allianz Cumann na mBunscol covering some of the large costs it takes to run 2 days of County Finals.
Go n-eiri le gach duine.
Best regards,
Aodan Wrenn.
Tipperary Allianz Cumann na mBunscol.