Friday, March 25, 2011

Latest from the Board

With the snows now receded and St. Patricks Day behind us, preparations for the upcoming season are taking shape.  Clubs are out training and with home based registration deadlines approaching fast, panels are being filled out. 

A provisional date of Saturday, May 7 has been set for a referees course.   Current and new referees are invited to attend the day-long course at the Irish Cultural Center.

Donegal will play a junior football challenge with Westmeath New York at Canton on Saturday, April 2.  Also, there is a possibility of a Boston selection travelling to Gaelic Park to play New York in a friendly match April 9 as our neighbours to the south prepare for their Connaught Championship encounter with Roscommon on May 1.

The format for the senior football championship has been slightly modified.  The top 6 teams will qualify for the senior championship playoffs.  The top 2 teams will get a bye to the semi-finals, and quarter finals will be played by teams placed third through sixth.  The seventh and eighth placed teams qualify for the Intermediate final. 

Additionally, the 3 Junior C hurling clubs, Barley House Wolves (Concord NH), Portland Maine, and Springfield Mass. will enter an amalgamated team to participate in the Sheehan Cup.  The Sheehan Cup is the pre-championship competition for hurling clubs.  This is the first year where we will see a Junior C Hurling compeition in the Boston North East Division. 

The Connemara Gaels will be traveling to New York to participate in the 7-a-side competition.  Best of luck to the Gaels.  There is also an upcoming benefit for Jimmy Sullivan.  Jimmy is a long time member of the Connemara Gaels GFC and suffers from Parkinsons disease.  Your generous support is greatly appreciated.  Click on the image below for more information.

Rory O’Donnell, PRO, BNE Board

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