The Dundalk and District Darts League AGM is always a well attended event and this year’s meeting was no different with the Commercial Club being the venue once again.
The meeting was started with the outgoing chairman, Brendan O’Rourke, thanking all the players and sponsors for their help and commitment throughout the year. Brendan thanked the committee he worked with and hoped that the league would go from strength to strength in the future.
League secretary Niamh Brady stated that she had learned a lot in her position and agreed that the previous year had been a major success and the introduction of Tuborg as the league’s main sponsor was a major success.
The treasurer’s report showed that for the first time in many years the league was in a healthy position and if maintained would only continue to grow.
The committee and the attendance were happy to make changes to the constitution of the league which ensured maximum representation from the players of each division and prevented an unfair advantage to anyone venue on the league committee.
The floor was opened and numerous questions were answered before the committee stood down and the election of new officers was undertaken.
The new committee was made up as follows - Chairman: Brendan O’Rourke; Vice-chairman: James Callan; Secretary: Niamh Brady; Treasurer: Peter Neary; PRO: John O’Brien; Committee members: Shane McArdle, Patrick Taaffe, John Grant, Niall McKevitt.
A number of proposals were put forward in relation to the running of the league and some were successful and some where not.
The most notable change will come in the Premier Division where six players will play a game of the best of five x 501. This increase is from the best of three but it will not affect any other competition or division which will all stay at the best of three.
An additional change is that the restriction on county players has been further clarified in that only players who have represented their county in all-Ireland events or the Northern Irish equivalent will be classified as county players. Those who did not play in such events will be known as county panelists and will be unrestricted in the DDDL.
The passion for the game and the proper running of the league was very evident on the night as many debates were listened to and fought to a conclusion.
The newly elected committee would ask all players to have a look at www.louthdarts.weebly.com in the next few darts for a full update on the AGM.
The chairman closed the meeting and wished all a safe journey home and thanked them for their attendance.