St Mary’s Hurling Club plan for the future

St Mary’s Committee held its first meeting of 2014 last Thursday night.

St Mary’s Committee held its first meeting of 2014 last Thursday night.

It was a very well attended meeting with twenty of the twenty three members present.  A number of important decisions were made by the committee as they laid out their plan for the year.

A calendar of key events was constructed including the dates for committee meetings.

It set up a Coaching committee and appointed Tommy Foran as chair of it.  It also approved the appointment of two directors of hurling. It ratified the officers appointment of managers of the various teams.  The managers are as follows: U/6’s, Tommy Maher, U/8’s, Adrian Johnson, U/10’s, Pat Bond, U/12’s Fergal Condon, U/14’s, Jimmy Ryan, U/16’s, Tommy Foran, Minors, Robert Dooley, Intermediate and U/21’s, Michael Ryan and Junior B, Kevin Ryan.

The committee also approved a policy document on the role of the managers via the club and committee and the officers will be meeting all managers within the next two weeks to go through it with them.  The committee also approved draft letters to parents and players which will be delivered in the next two weeks.  The committee elected a number of additional people to various roles.  Vice Chairman, John Kelly, Juvenile Chairman, John Carew, Juvenile Secretary, Dessie Gunne, Assistant Juvenile secretary, Frances Kennedy, Chief Field Steward, Connie Carroll,  Manager of First Aid, Frances Kennedy and Childrens Officer, Nuala Phelan.  A draft plan for a number of tournaments was presented by Brendan Cagney.  The proposals are to be developed for the next meeting.

Membership Fees

The committee approved the fees for membership this year, and they are  €30 per person or €40 for a family.  All players from under 6’s to seniors will be required to pay the membership fee, as players are not insured for training or playing unless they are a paid up member.  Membership is to be paid to your team manager or a person he appoints to collect it.  Managers will be provided with letters to give to all players in the coming weeks.

Intermediates & U/21s

On Friday night last in the Park Hotel the Officers presented the new management team of our intermediates and under 21s.  They are Michael Ryan, Tony Shelly and Paul O’Mahoney.  Thirty eight players turned up on the night. There was a great buzz of excitement as management laid out their plan for the year and made it clear to players training would be done at an intense level and they wanted nothing less than 100% commitment.  They promised dual players they would be taken care of and that they are liaising with Commercials senior management teams.  Players not committing will be dropped.  Players shared their views with the new management and everyone left the meeting very clear that this new management team are going to take these players to a new level. The first training session started last Sunday morning with a great turnout.  On this coming Friday night all players will attend the gym as a team for a physical fitness test and a programme of fitness will be presented to the players based on the challenges they need to address.  All players must attend and bring €10 which covers the next four nights.

A similar meeting for all minors and under 16s will be held in the next two weeks.  Players will be contacted as to date and venue.

Juvenile Training Times

Please note that training times for juveniles on Saturday mornings have changed. The new times are as follows:

U/10s: 10 am – 11 am; U/8s: 11 am – 12 noon; U/6s: 12 noon – 1 pm

All training continues in the Clonmel Town Complex, Cashel road.


Once again our sympathy is offered to Frankie Pyke and family on the death of his Aunt Lily Kelleher (nee Sullivan) who was laid to rest last week. May she rest in peace.

Mick McGee was also buried last week. His father Billy played in goal for our Junior Hurling team in 1950 when we were beaten in a local derby by local rivals Marlfield. Some of the great tussles in this game were between Matt Kennedy of St. Mary’s and Marlfield’s Theo English. The McGee family in the person of Chris served on our committee for a number of years. Chris’s sons Oliver and Joey played juvenile with us for quite a few years.

Suaimhneas siorrai duit a Mhichil.