COUNTY COVENTION BRINGS 2011 YEAR TO AN END

9 December 2011 No Comments by The Northern Standard

While contests, even the prospect of contests, whets the appetite for County Convention this evening (Thursday) in the Hillgrove Hotel the main items on the agenda will be the County Secretary’s annual report which is seen as a review of the year just past as well as a look forward to 2012, along with the accounts for the year.
The review 2011 start with a look back over county teams activities across all competitions from minor through to senior in league and championship, football and hurling.
Overall the secretary describes Monaghan’s fortunes in football as a frustrating year for players, team management, officials and supporters.
“Last year I recorded that Monaghan were lucky to remain in Allianz Football League Division 1. Unfortunately this year we experienced the reverse in fortunes. Games that were ours for the taking ended up in one point defeats which proved to be our undoing when the league table was finalised on the 10th April. The Ulster Championship and All Ireland Qualifier defeats served to compound what was a frustrating year for players, management, officials and supporters.
“The previous paragraph is a reflection in cold terms of the County Senior Footballers fortunes in 2011. What needs to be taken into account is the fact that a new look Monaghan took the field where new young players replaced players who retired and others who were unavailable due to long term injuries. Their commitment and effort was every bit as strong as 2010 but inexperience proved our undoing. Players need games to gain experience and with that I am confident that Monaghan can look forward to a more fruitful campaign in 2012.”
From there the report goes on to analyse the various inter county campaigns game by game starting with the Dr McKenna Cup where although Monaghan lost all three matches the secretary records that there was “a unity of purpose within the squad to do well under the new management”.
Full report in The Northern Standard

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