Annual GAA Congress 2016
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The Annual GAA Congress 2016 was held over last Friday night and Saturday at the Mount Wolseley Hotel in Carlow. There were 65 motions put forward for discussion from clubs around the country at this years congress. In order for a motion to be passed at congress, it has to be voted by a two thirds majority. Here are some of the more important motions decided upon at this year’s Congress.
Motion 2 – Lost
The controversial proposition of an All-Ireland ‘B’ Football Championship was withdrawn due to lack of support, while motions 56 and 57, which were similar, were defeated. (Motion 56) The Roscommon motion proposes that, after the provincial championships are finished (by the first weekend of July, the proposal states), the competition will divide into two separate competitions, the Tier 1 competition and a Tier 2 competition. In Year 1 of the new proposal, Tier 1 (Sam Maguire) will feature the eight provincial finalists and the eight highest ranked teams in that year’s Allianz Football League (not including provincial finalists where there is a crossover). From year 2 on, the winner of the previous year’s Tier 2 competition will also be included in the Tier 1 competition, along with the seven highest ranked national league sides.
Motion 4 – Passed
This motion proposed the change of the age limits in inter-county minor football and hurling from U18 to U17 from January 1st, 2018 onwards. It also proposed that, at club level, minor players would be aged between 14 and 18 years of age, but it will remain U18s. As with many of the motions, it was a narrow victory for the motion as it passed with 68.2% of the vote.
Motion 5 – Passed
Motion 5 has been passed with 68.6%! That, alongside Motion 4, is a major motion to be passed. From the 2018 season, U21 inter-county football in the months of February, March and April will be no more.
Here’s what will be:
The U21 grade at inter-county football level will be replaced with an U20 grade, with players eligible to be aged between 18 and 20. It proposes no such change to the U21 grade for hurling, or at club level, in either code.
The competition will take place between June and August, with no replays. Drawn games will be decided by extra-time, and, in the event of that not providing a winner, by “the outcome of a sudden-death free-taking competition, the details of which shall be determined by the Central Council.”
Any player on a team list submitted to an inter-county referee for a senior inter-county championship match in that season will not be eligible to compete in the U20 competition. The U21 grade in hurling, and at club level in both codes, will be entirely unaffected by this motion.
Motion 7 – Lost
A very significant motion. This proposed that All-Ireland football finals be played on the first Sunday in September, with the hurling final to be played two weeks prior. The aim of this motion was to provide more space for playing club games in the month of September. Effective from January 1, 2017.
Motion 7 received 60.8 per cent, but not the two-thirds majority, so the motion was lost. Therefore, no changes to when All-Ireland finals are held. That is a major torpedo to the ambitions for a new, comprehensive, calendar year fixtures plan.
Motion 41 – Passed
This motion at GAA Congresss 2016 provided for the introduction of ‘the mark’ in Gaelic football. This is precisely what is proposed:
“When a player catches the ball cleanly from a Kick-Out without it touching the ground, on or past the 45m line nearest the KickOut point, he shall be awarded ‘a Mark’ by the Referee. The player awarded a ‘Mark’ shall have the options of (a) Taking a free kick or (b Playing on immediately.
The following procedures shall apply:
(a) A Free Kick
The player shall signify to the Referee that he is availing of and then take the free kick himself from the hand from the point where he was awarded the ‘Mark’.
Once the player indicates he is taking the ‘Mark’ the Referee will allow up to five seconds for the player to take the kick. If the player delays longer than five seconds the Referee will cancel the ‘Mark’ and throw in the ball between a player from each side. Once the player indicates he is taking the ‘Mark’, the opposing players must retreat 10m to allow the player space to take the kick. If an opposition player deliberately blocks or attempts to block the kick within 10m, or if an opposition player impedes the player while he is taking the kick, the Referee shall penalise the opposition by bringing the ball forward 13m.
If the Referee determines that the player who makes the ‘Mark’ has been injured in the process and is unable to take the kick, the Referee shall direct the Player’s nearest team mate to take the kick but he may not score directly from the kick.
(b) Play on immediately (i) In this circumstance the player may not be challenged for the ball until he carries the ball up to a maximum of four consecutive steps or holds the ball for no longer than the time needed to take four steps and/or makes one act of kicking, hand passing, bouncing or toe-tapping the ball.
(ii) If he is illegally challenged, a free kick shall be awarded to his team from the point at which the challenge is made, and this free kick may be taken by any player on his team.”
With 68 per cent, just getting the two thirds, the mark was introduced to Gaelic football.
Motion 43 – Lost
Proposed that all televised inter-county championship games be available on free to air TV. Former President Nickey Brennan speaking with fierce passion about the importance of rejecting Motion 43, suggesting it could contravene EU laws and regulations…. Strong opposition against, and Motion 43 was defeated with just 15.3 per cent of the vote.
So there you have it from GAA Congress 2016. What are your thoughts?
View the GAA Annual Accounts 2015
Unlike most holidays, the League mid-term break this year feels like it’s dragged on for a long time. That said, it’s probably no bad thing from a Mayo point of view as we nurse our injury-ravaged panel back to health. Now, it’s off to Ballybofey we go.
It’s been quite the baptism of fire for new manager Stephen Rochford who has not only had to start his reign by playing catch-up, but has had to deal with a significant loss of manpower due to injuries and club commitments. Thankfully, the tide has started to turn a bit in our favour with news that a number of our walking wounded are back in training, and consequently, in contention.
Our thoughts therefore turn to Ballybofey this weekend as we prepare to take on an on-form Donegal. Resurgent so far this year under Rory Gallagher, they will be a big challenge and this would feel like a mouthwatering fixture if we only had a point or two on the board; but this game brings with it the pressure of feeling like a must-win in order to keep us above the drop zone.
Club 51 will be hitting the road for Ballybofey bright and early on Sunday morning. As is customary at most away games, we will be congregating before the game and the venue for this weekend’s meet-up is the Villa Rose Hotel, which has a bar that very conveniently backs on to the entrance of the stand where season tickets are scanned. We couldn’t have planned it better ourselves. They also have a new Sunday bar food menu that we can’t vouch for, but looks pretty damn daycent from where we are. And if you want something fancier there’s an A La Carte Sunday lunch menu too. There’ll be a few gathering there from about 12.30 so if you’re passing do drop in for a cuppa tae or the spuds.
Jackson’s Hotel is another handy spot nearby for a bite to eat and is only a five-minute walk from the ground.
Traffic and Parking in Ballybofey
Mayo GAA have helpfully added traffic info to their website. Be aware that there will be traffic delays coming into Ballybofey on the N15 (i.e. our route) due to road works. There will be temporary traffic lights will be in operation. so LEAVE IN PLENTY OF TIME.
Here’s the list of car parks:
- Navenny car park as you come into town – just past Aldi, take the first right
- Supervalu Car park – sign at junction into Navenny Car Park
- Shopping Centre Car Park beside McElhinneys store.
Barrett’s Coaches will be running their customary bus service from Mayo on the day – call 097 83544 to book your seat. We’ll post further information on buses as we get it.
Pic via The Met Office
We don’t need to remind you at this point to bring the colour and bring the noise. The Mayo travelling support is quite simply, second to none and we know this Sunday will be no exception. Weather wise its predicted to be dry and sunny but bitter cold. We want to see plenty of those Mayo Bobble Hats and beanies on show!
Just a couple of other bits and pieces before we wrap up this post. Firstly a massive congratulations to Castlebar Mitchels on reaching their second All-Ireland Club final in three years. While we’re itching to see the Mitchels boys back in the green and red we are happy to hold out for another few weeks. The build-up will be something special again this year and we can’t wait to get to Croker on March 17th.
Congrats to to JP Coen and the Mayo hurlers on a stonking start to the National League with two wins out of two so far. Their next clash sees them away to Down on March 6th. Round 4 versus Wicklow is scheduled for Sunday 13th March at 12.45pm as a curtain-raiser to the Kerry game in MacHale Park – it would be great to see a big crew there to support them.
Donegal Gardai v Swinford
For anyone travelling up to Donegal and making a weekend of it, or anyone that would like to see a cracking game of Football, this might be of interest. Full details on SwinfordGAA.ie.
On Saturday 27 February Swinford GAA will play a Donegal Gardai selection at O’Donnell Park, Letterkenny at 3pm. This is our return trip after the Donegal Gardai appearance at the official opening of Robert McCallion Memorial Park in Swinford.
After the game there will be a presentation at the Station House Hotel, Letterkenny.
Also, we couldn’t not share this video. It might only be February, but it didn’t stop this crew from Lisaniska National School getting together to Hit the Diff for Mayo. What a cracking tune! All together now … “Don’t you dare look back, it’s all history ….We won’t rest til we’re the best”
Finally, for those of you not travelling to Ballybofey, the Mayo Ladies are taking on Armagh on Sunday in Round 4 of the Lidl Ladies NFL. The game throws in at 2pm in Swinford Amenity Park, and the Mayo ladies will be aiming to hang onto their 100% record in the League so far. Follow the action here on the Mayo Ladies GAA twitter account.
Safe travels to you all and arrive alive!
Roscommon v Mayo FBD League Rd 3
It’s been a while since we posted here, but we are back in action and what better way to start than with a clash with our biggest local rivals? This Sunday sees the first of a possible three (or more) clashes between Roscommon v Mayo in Round 3 of the 2016 FBD league. In our first game under the management of Stephen Rochford, we saw off NUIG in the first round of the FBD in MacHale park in front of a home crowd of 2,390 (though we estimated there must have been over 3,000!). Last Sunday we put in a good performance against the students of IT Sligo in Ballina Stephenites, again in front of a large Mayo support of well over 2,000.
This Sunday Roscommon v Mayo in
Hyde Park (announced on Thursday that Hyde Park is unplayable by Connacht Council and the match is now moved to MacHale Park at 2pm), will be the first meeting between the two sides in 2016. We are calling on all Mayo supporters to “Bring The Colour, Bring The Noise”, as there will be no doubt a large travelling Roscommon support, especially on home turf.
The match was originally scheduled for Ballinlough, (we were looking forward to standing beside the tree growing through the stand there!), but due to the expected large crowd it probably would not have been a big enough venue to hold the thousands expected to attend. And now at least we don’t have to put the lawnmower in the boot for the trip to Hyde Park!
The match throws in at 2pm, so get to MacHale Park early and bring the flags! (Remember the delays at the NUIG match due to large crowds of supporters).
Statement From Roscommon GAA Regarding Change of Venue (22.30 14th January)
It was with great regret that Roscommon GAA had to inform The Connacht Council of the GAA that the County Ground “Dr. Hyde Park” was going to be unplayable for the FBD game against Mayo.
This game had previously been moved from Ballinlough where it had traditionally been held every second year alternating with Ballyhaunis.
Roscommon GAA offered the secondary county ground St Brigid’s Kiltoom as the venue and Connacht Council GAA decided that this venue would not be in a position to accommodate the expected large crowd.
As the FBD league is a Connacht Council GAA event they decided to refix the game for Mc Hale Park Castlebar. Roscommon GAA regrets that we are unable to play Mayo in Roscommon on this occasion.
It is planned to install a new pitch in Hyde Park.
What has happened this week reinforces the need for this and will ensure it happens much sooner. Hopefully the Gaels of Roscommon will fully support Roscommon GAA in this venture and Club Rossie in the fund raising for it.
In other news, the National Football League may not even have started yet, but our thoughts are already turning to London and the first round of the Connacht Championship in Ruislip at the end of May. Keep an eye on our page for updates – we’ll be putting together a post with some information shortly.
Looking forward to seeing many of you in Castlebar on Sunday and here’s to a great year ahead. Up Mayo!
Mayo Club 51 Mini Allianz Prediction League 2016
Mayo Club 51 mini league
It’s that time of year again and the Allianz prediction league 2016 is now up and running! The Allianz prediction league will start on the 30th of January and continue throughout the league, finishing with the league finals at the end of April. To enter, you will need to log in and set up an account at www.allianzleaguesprediction.ie. If you have entered the prediction league in previous years, just log in to your account and enter.
Mayo Club 51 have joined again this year and we’ve set up a football mini league called … you’ve guessed it … Mayo Club 51. To join our football mini league just enter this code: 5WGFS8Jl5VMy
We recommend you to copy & paste the code when first registering for the mini-league.
Join mini league example
There is no limit to the amount of mini leagues you enter (last year we entered into 5 different mini leagues!) You only need to enter your predictions once each week, all the different leagues you are entered into will be updated automatically. The code above is for the football league. If there is enough interest in a hurling mini league, let us know and we’ll set one up. Although it’s mainly for a bit of craic and to test how well you think you know your football. We will do a weekly Mayo Club 51 mini-league table update here on the site. We’ll have a rummage through the attic and basement here in Mayo Club 51 and see if we can come up with a prize for the winner of the predication league at the end of April. If you have any problems joining our mini league please contact us.
So, How does the Allianz Prediction League Work?
Competition duration: The competition starts with the first round of leagues games in February and concludes with the last fixture of the leagues regardless of whether it is a final or not. If any fixture or a final is drawn and goes to a replay, then the replayed fixture will be included in the competition for predicting.
Extra Game weeks: An extra game week will be added if a fixture or fixtures are rescheduled for a week which had no scheduled fixtures previously.
Prediction Input: You must select a margin of victory for one of the teams or select a draw. Players will not be allowed input predictions for a week until the first day of the week or until all fixtures have been clarified for the week.
Changing a prediction: Just select blank where you had input the margin or click on the draw box again if you had predicted a draw.
Non-Input of Predictions: Players will be allowed to miss the input of predictions for one week when they will receive the average score of all players in the competition who input predictions for that week for. Players will be given half the average weekly score for any subsequent weeks where they don’t input predictions.
Scoring Update: Player’s scores for a week will be updated before the start of the following week.
Games cancelled or abandoned: Points will not be awarded for fixtures that are not played or abandoned. Replays or rescheduled games will be added to the set of fixtures for the weeks they are scheduled.
Overall Competition Winner
The player in the number 1 position on the overall leader board after the scores are updated for all the competition’s predictions, is the winner of the overall competition.
Scoring is based on regular time (70 minutes play) only. Extra time scores not included in the scoring.
40 points – Draw predicted.
Non Drawn Game
20 points – Correct Winning Team predicted
10 points – Exact Margin of victory (= 30 points)
9 points – Margin of victory within 1 point
8 points – Margin of victory within 2 points
7 points – Margin of victory within 3 points
6 points – Margin of victory within 4 points
5 points – Margin of victory within 5 points
4 points – Margin of victory within 6 points
3 points – Margin of victory within 7 points
2 points – Margin of victory within 8 points
1 point – Margin of victory within 9 points
Leader board Ranking
Players with the same score in the same league are ranked by their most recent weekly results.
The player with the better recent performance is ranked higher.
Sample Leader board Table (at the end of week 3)
2015 Interprovincial Championship this weekend
Update Monday 7th Dec: The GAA has confirmed that the postponed games in the Interprovincial Championships will not take place this weekend. Re-fixture details will be confirmed after the next CCCC meeting on January 12, 2016. Ulster GAA had expressed a hope that the games, which fell foul to Storm Desmond on Saturday, would be rearranged for this weekend.
Update: This weekend’s 2015 Interprovincial Championship Football and Hurling competitions have been postponed until further notice due to adverse weather conditions.
The 2015 Interprovincial Championship are on this weekend. This year Munster play Leinster at 4pm on Saturday 5th December in Pairc Esler in Newry. Ulster face Connacht at 7pm on Saturday in the Athletic Grounds in Armagh. Ciaran Branagan is the referee for Munster v Leinster, with Eddie Kinsella the referee for the Ulster v Connacht game. The final will be on the following day Sunday at 2.30 in the Athletic Grounds Armagh.
Earlier today, the Connacht team managed by John Tobin to face Ulster were named. Mayo have 4 players representing Connacht. The Mayo players are; Connacht captain Chris Barrett; Neil Douglas; Jason Doherty and Conor O’Shea. Connacht last won the Interprovincial Championship in 2014.
Photo: Mayo GAA
The full Connacht 2015 Interprovincial Championship team are as follows;
Manager: John Tobin. Damien Comer, Danny Cummins, Fiontán Ó Curraoin, Gareth Bradshaw, Gary O’Donnell, Gary Sice, Liam Silke, Paul Conroy, Paul Varley (all Galway); Cathal Shine, Ciaráin Murtagh, Darren O’Malley, Diarmuid Murtagh, Neil Collins, Sean McDermott (all Roscommon); Chris Barrett, Captain, Conor O’Shea, Jason Doherty, Neil Douglas (Mayo); Eoin Flanagan, Kevin McDonnell, Pat Hughes (all Sligo); Kevin Conlon (Leitrim).
The Ulster 2015 Interprovincial Championship team are as follows;
Manager: Pete McGrath. Niall McKeever (Antrim); Aaron Findon, Tony Kernan (both Armagh); Raymond Galligan, Gearoid McKiernan (both Cavan); Chrissy McKaigue, Brendan Rodgers (both Derry); Conor Laverty, Kevin McKernan, Donal O’Hare, Mark Poland (all Down); Tomás Corrigan, Eoin Donnelly, Captan, Barry Mulrone, Sean Quigley (all Fermanagh); Dessie Mone, Karl O’Connell, Colin Walshe, Drew Wylie (all Monaghan); Colm Cavanagh, Sean Cavanagh, Mattie Donnelly, Peter Harte, Niall Morgan (all Tyrone).
Free entry to the 2015 Interprovincial Championship match’s for season ticket holders
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We are delighted to offer our 2016 GAA Football Season Ticket holders the opportunity to attend this weekend’s Interprovincial series.
Season Ticket holders can claim a complimentary WEEKEND TICKET which will allow them to attend the semi-final of their choice as well as Sunday’s Interprovincial Football final.
The semi-finals take place at the Athletic Grounds (Armagh) and Pairc Esler (Down) respectively with Sunday’s final also in the Athletic Grounds. full fixture details are available HERE
If you wish to attend this weekend’s games please log in to your account and click on the “Special Purchases” tab.
Instructions on how to do this are available HERE
Ticket(s) must be claimed before midnight, Thursday December 3rd.
GAA Ticket Office
For more info visit gaa.ie
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