Delegates call for technology at congress

ALTHOUGH the controversial Leinster Final was put to bed by delegates early on in the convention, clubs took their chance to ensure that the actions of Martin Sludden are never repeated again as they passed a number of motions which will be brought to congress.

ALTHOUGH the controversial Leinster Final was put to bed by delegates early on in the convention, clubs took their chance to ensure that the actions of Martin Sludden are never repeated again as they passed a number of motions which will be brought to congress.

Two motions from the county council were passed, one of which said that the council or committee of the GAA should appoint linesmen and umpires from alternative counties than that of the referee in charge of the match for Provincial or All-Ireland Championship matches.

Another motion passed was that calling for a Television Monitoring Official, who would be appointed to all Championship matches.

The role of the TMO would be to decide on scores which are in dispute.

The referee would stop the game and wait on word back from the TMO, who would settle the argument with the technology available to them.

A motion from St Brides which called for the hooter system, which is used at Ladies GAA Championship matches, to be brought into the Championship, was also passed.

This was brought up due to the added on time that Martin Sludden allocated in the Leinster Final.

A number of bye-laws were amended, such as the one applying to inter-club transfers. From now on, one committee will deal with the transfers for all grades.

On the night, Hurling got a major boost as a motion from the Wolfe Tones was passed, which allowed players from a sole football club to play Hurling with a dual club.

The player must apply to the CCC on an official form, which is to be signed from the secretary of both clubs.

The CCC will consider an application which is not signed by one secretary and a decision will be made by the County Board.

At the convention, it was deemed necessary for Hurling clubs to continue to progress.

A special meeting will be held in January where all competition changes and structures will be decided on.

It was also announced that six clubs have still not paid their affiliation fees and six clubs have not made any payments to the Club Contribution Scheme despite several warning from the board.

Clubs were told that this will no longer be tolerated and that 35 clubs paying out of 42 is "not right".

If the clubs in question do not pay by December 29, they will be penalised in the following ways; they will no longer be eligible for All-Ireland Championship tickets and they will have to play their scheduled home league games at the away team's venue.