By Mike Fitzpatrick
Thursday at the Lansdowne Bar witnessed the drawing up of the senior football divisions’ schedules. The four opening games in Div. I are as follows: Cavan vs. Leitrim, Tyrone vs. Stamford, Westmeath vs. Donegal, and Monaghan vs. Cork.
Div. II will see Clare entertain Roscommon, Mayo to take on Celtics, and Longford against Sligo.
The top four finishing teams in Div. II will qualify for the "B" semi-finals, with the finalists entering the Senior "A" championship. The top two teams in Div. I automatically enter the semifinals.
The third and fourth placed teams in Div. I will play the winners and runners-up of the "B" championship as part of the Senior "A" quarterfinals, with two sides joining the top two Div. I teams in the semis.
Two teams will be relegated from Div. I (the bottom two obviously) and the top two teams in Div. II will take their place. This is a change from last season, when only one team went down and one went up.
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Other news at the meeting involved the suspensions of eight players being lifted. Donegal’s senior footballer Collie Molloy will re-enter the fray after his fracas at last season’s Donegal-Rangers game, and the "Tipperary 7" hurlers — Alan Slattery, Declan O’Meara, Andrew Ryan, Francis O’Meara, Ronan Queenan, James O’Meara and Robbie Quinlan — will all be allowed to play junior hurling once more.
Three teams have applied to play junior football, Westmeath, New Haven and Tyrone. The outcome of their applications will be decided at next Thursday’s meeting.
An insurance committee is to be set up headed by longtime GAA stalwart Peter McKiernan (an former insurance broker) and he will be assisted by Tommy Fahey and Pat Keiley. The other news is that Monty Moloney, John Moore and Boscoe Walsh are to head over to Croke Park in two weeks to discuss issues involving transfers of players.
Two important meetings are scheduled for the coming weeks, one concerns the Junior football division. All junior clubs must send representatives to the Lansdowne Bar on Feb. 11 at 7:30 p.m. for the drawing up of the 1999 schedule. This is an essential meeting for junior clubs and more information can be sought from junior football president Seamus Dooley at (914) 963-3829.
On Feb. 21 at the Heritage Bar in Yonkers, the Clare convention will be held at 3:30 p.m. New members are welcome and for more information call Pat Scanlon at (718) 549-7103.