In a consequential decision reached at the Waterford County Board meeting in Dungarvan, the minor age grade is set to stay at Under 17 for the year 2024. The resolution, which has been the subject of considerable debate and numerous discussions amongst local clubs, emerged from a secret ballot conducted during the meeting. This landmark ruling carries significant implications for the development and composition of teams in the region.
Secret Ballot and Resulting Decision
A secret ballot was proposed by Tommy Hennessy, a representative from Kill, citing the importance of the vote at hand. As the dust settled, two options emerged. Option 1, which was to retain the current age grades of Under 13, 15, and 17, clinched victory with 34 votes. It ran against Option 2, which suggested a shift to Under 14, 16, and 18, and managed to gather 21 votes.
Implications for Players and Clubs
The decision to maintain the Under 17 age grade for 2024 is expected to create an environment conducive to the growth of young players. It provides an opportunity for them to further hone their skills and mature within their respective age groups. Simultaneously, it ensures that players over the age of 17 can continue their involvement in the sport through participation in the adult club championship.
Neil Moore, the county vice chairman, made it clear to the attendees that clubs interested in transitioning to even age grades for 2025 could bring forth a motion next year. He emphasized that such a move would only require a simple majority to pass. This provides clubs the opportunity to adapt to evolving norms and preferences, signaling a potential shift in the landscape of local club championships in the coming years.