The Annual General Meeting of the Tipperary Southern and District League, was held in Cooke Park on Tuesday 3rd June.
The meeting was very well attended, with the majority of clubs who participated in the league in attendance.
The league gave a full financial report for the season just gone, and this was adopted by the clubs.
The league secretary also gave a report to the meeting, in which he complimented clubs for their co-operation in the running of the league, and commented on the fact that there was a good spread of winning clubs across the various competitions, which indicated a good level of competition and standard within the league. This was emphasized in the report, when he reported that one of the leagues clubs, St Michael’s, had an excellent year, winning the most prestigious Cup competition in the country, the FAI Junior Cup, along with the Munster Junior Cup, and that another TSDL club, Clonmel Celtic had won the Munster League Champions Cup.
The secretary reserved praise also for one of the leagues most prominent players, James “Chalkie” Walsh, who has recently retired from Junior International duty, after a long and distinguished career, in which he became the record cap holder for a player at Junior level, and also the record goalscorer.
The league chairman in his report re-iterated this praise for both St Michael’s in the cup winning exploits and James on his retirement, along with praising all the league clubs for playing throughout the season and making sure that the league ran as smoothly as possible.
The Chairman also called on the clubs to consider taking out administration roles on the Committee of the TS&DL. He felt that new fresh ideas were needed to carry the league forward, and this could come from new people getting involved at committee level.
He also called for former players who may be thinking of finishing their playing career , to get involved in refereeing, so that match officials would always be available, as this was another very important aspect of running a successful league.
In his report the Secretary complimented the Tipperary officials who had been appointed to officiate at the semi finals of Munster and FAI competitions, and said this showed the high standard of refereeing in the league, a standard which the league hoped would continue.
The one major concern of the Committee, which they hoped to address in the coming year, centred around the selection, training and participation of the league in the Inter league competitions, such as the Inter league Youths and the Oscar Traynor Cup. The Committee felt that the clubs needed to give the selectors involved more commitment in these competitions, so that the league could be properly represented.
The meeting was addressed by Ger Delaney from the Munster FA, and he praised the success of the league and its clubs in the season just past, also hoping that the league would be able to take a more active role in the inter league tournaments in the future.
All in all however, the AGM was considered a success by the clubs, and the league will be hoping that it can continue to grow and build on past successes, to ensure a long lasting, competitive league into the future.