The August meeting of Louth LGFA County Board held on last Thursday night night in Darver saw John Temple re-elected as manager of the Under 16 team for a second term. The Dublin native guided Louth to a Leinster title this season while Martin Rice will take charge of the Minor team for a second year
The delegates also approved the appointment of popular Cooley man Paul Hanlon to the senior team manager’s post. The current Roche Emmets supremo becomes the 12th manager since Brian Carroll took the position in January 2008
Hanlon was ratified to succeed Kit Henry following the Meath man’s departure after one season at the helm has assembled a strong back room team which features ex County stars Alan Page, Darren Clarke and John Temple with other additions to be confirmed.
The meeting heard that the County’s disciplinary committee (CODA) have been kept busy this season so far with the Hearing Committee Panel required to meet two or three times a week at times on occasions.
CODA Officer Deirdre O’Reilly addresses the meeting with below concerns, adding that breaches of rule 408 was a concern throughout the season and involved abusive language to referees from players and mentors
Numerous underage players have received minimum two match bans within their age group for such incidents with some players receiving minimum two week bans which covers all age groups.
Breach of rule 118 was also discussed with numerous clubs hit with excessive fines for players and/or mentors found not registered after teamsheets submitted.
All clubs were advised to ensure that mentors must be registered with LGFA and not GAA within their clubs as registration’s with GAA is not recognised by the LGFA
Any persons engaging with teams at any level must be registered with LGFA.
There’s also a worrying increase of abusive language directed at referee’s particularly at under age. Zero tolerance is taken against all forms of abuse towards match officials added the Coda officer
Official guide 2023 is available for all players and mentors to download from lgfa website and Sanctions table for rule breaches is clearly outlined guiding the Hearings panel with outcomes.
There were a small number of transfer’s granted with Hazel Haughney returning to St. Fechin’s from St. Kevin’s (Melbourne) Lauren McFaul returning to Geraldine’s from Robert Emmets and Cuana Down joining Stabannon from Round Towers
Report: Dermot Woods