Dundalk Cricket Club held their AGM in The Spirit Store on a wild and stormy evening last Tuesday, as far removed from cricket weather as possible.
The meeting was very well attended by members and interested parties and is testament to how well the club is now established after five years in existence.
2013 was perhaps the year that the club has found it’s level, the first team after winning two Leinster Division titles in 2011 and 2012 managed a third place in Division 8 for 2013. There will be a push on to secure a third Leinster title in 2014 and also to try and progress through the rounds of the RSA Middle Cup and The Dick O’Neill Cup.
The second team had a less successful year and were relegated after two seasons in Division 12. There is a genuine feeling that Division 13 maybe better suited to their talents and they can almost certainly build on the victories that were starting to come at the end of the last season.
The meeting itself was chaired by the club’s Chairman, Brendan Waters who thanked all present for their attendance and request the Secretary Derek Turner to deliver his report.
Derek mentioned that Leinster Cricket Union representatives had recently visited the ground and see great potential in the current facilities and it was noted that the club are in line with the LCU’s ethos of clubs in Leinster being more than just a pitch in a field and in time a ground standard will be reached as good as any in the province.
The club Treasurer, Brian Morris was next invited to give his report, and he revealed that the club is in good financial order. Membership and match fees were actually up on 2012 and fund raising activities, including a very successful quiz night in Byrne’s Bar earlier in the year, had done much to bolster the club’s finances.
Sponsorship was down slightly on 2012 and the club invites all those interested in sponsoring or donating to the club to contact them. In order to raise more funds a slight increase in membership subscription was voted on by all present and passed by overwhelming majority.
The election of officers was then called and unanimously returned all the incumbents - President: Pat Kavanagh; Chairman: Brendan Waters; Vice Chairman: Ian McEvoy; Secretary: Derek Turner; Treasurer: Brian Morris; PRO: Eddie Bosano-Andrews.
Attention then turned to other business and a discussion was held on youth development. It was noted that Brendan Waters and John Finnegan were both close to completing their Level 2 coaching qualifications and this in tandem with the development work carried out by Deborah Challoner at St Vincent’s School were pointers towards an academy system beginning to develop. The potential of a Dundalk Inter Schools competition, sponsored by the club was also discussed. To further the work it was resolved to appoint a Youth Development Committee with a Youth Development Officer to be appointed at a later stage. Those elected to the Youth Development Committee were - Deborah Challoner, Louise Challoner, Michael Mullen, John Finnegan, Scott McDonnell, Liam Gaynor, Waleed Shahid and
The meeting then concluded. It was felt that the club are in a strong position to build on the past five years and the likelihood is that 2014 will see strong growth, both on and off the pitch and the club looks forward to continue being an integral part of sporting and social life of Dundalk.