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Wexford GAA Bulletin

Bulletin following Coiste Contae meeting held on 22 November 2022.


Competition Structures for 2023

Championship

Following a vote of County Committee, there will be no change to either the championship competition format for 2023 nor the recommended calendar with Two 6’s remaining the clubs’ choice for the competition format with a recommended calendar of a split season with the hurling championship to be played first.

League

Promotion and relegation would be introduced to invigorate the All-County Leagues based on the proposal received from Ballygarrett-Réalt na Mara. It was agreed that the CCC would work to finalise the finer details to incorporate semi-finals in Divisions 2 – 5.

Junior B

There will be no changes to the Junior B championship formats in 2023.

Other

There will be changes to how ties in leagues and in the league part of championships for 2023 are decided with the introduction of a penalty against teams who have given a walkover and the addition to include a head-to-head measure where three or more teams are tied. Also, exceptions for walkovers as a result of COVID-19 have been removed and the deadline for changes to league fixtures has been changed to the Monday before the game at 12pm.

In addition, a motion from Faythe Harriers was passed to allow a replay in all knockout championship games that end in a draw after extra time with the replay to be played within three days of the original fixture.


GPO Programme Review

An Cathaoirleach, Micheál Martin, outlined the review completed of the existing GPO Programme. The remit of our GPOs is to increase participation, upskill coaches and improve performance. It is proposed that our existing GPOs will be re-allocated on a fair and equitable basis to ensure that every club and primary school in Co. Wexford has access to a GPO (currently only 28 clubs have the benefit of a GPO if all positions are filled).

Expressions of interest will now be sought from clubs who do not currently have a GPO to join the programme and there will be consultations held with clubs in the existing programme on the implementation of the necessary operational changes.


St. Patrick’s Park

Following a meeting between Wexford GAA, Sacre Coeur Boxing Club and the residents of Pearse Road facilitated by Enniscorthy Town Manager, Ger Mackey and attended by An Garda Síochána and the Showgrounds Committee, a traffic management plan for match days in St. Patrick’s Park was agreed.

A one-way traffic system will be in place for games played in St. Patrick’s Park with traffic to exit via the Showgrounds and Enniscorthy Greyhound Stadium and not back down Pearse Road. Sacre Coeur Boxing Club will have priority access to the car park during their training hours and will ensure that their members and parents will also exit using the same one-way traffic system. Enniscorthy Municipal District will erect signage in the short-term on Pearse Road and provide residents with cones to prevent parking issues outside their homes.

In the medium term, Enniscorthy Municipal District will look at improving street lighting on Pearse Road and in the car park while Wexford GAA will work with the Showgrounds Committee to improve lighting in the Showgrounds.

Wexford GAA ask all supporters attending St. Patrick’s Park to exit via the Showgrounds and Enniscorthy Greyhound Stadium at all times and not via Pearse Road. We also ask that supporters respect our neighbours on Pearse Road and our neighbouring sporting organisations in the same area.


Upcoming Dates

5 December 2022 Coiste na nÓg Annual Meeting
12 December 2022 County Convention
21 January 2023 First game under floodlights in Chadwicks Wexford Park