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Antrim Chairman reflects on a season filled with highs and lows

Thursday, 22 December 2016

THE new Chairman of the Antrim Competitions Committee produced, by far, the most comprehensive report to the Antrim County Convention, writes Jim Smyth. Owen Elliott's lengthy four-page account of activity over the past year gave delegates every opportunity to vent their anger - or congratulate the committee on the work they do - but there was not a comment one way or the other.
Indeed, it was the same for all the reports, including that of the secretary. Not a voice was raised or a question asked, giving all of the authors a free ride.
“Don't judge a man until you have walked in his shoes" were the opening words of Elliott's report as he complemented the previous Chair of the committee, Joe Edwards, who had done a nine-year stint, before talking about the calibre of people around him.
He stated that a "lot of new blood" had been added to the committee and along with the experience already there, it had led to lively debate. He went on to individually thank each and every member, including secretary Stephen O'Boyle and fixtures secretary, Gregory Walsh.
John O'Boyle, Alastair McCambridge and Aiden Kelly were thanked for the wealth of knowledge they brought to the table from a Divisional Board perspective while Gerry McClorey and Garrett Duffy looked after the interest of referees. John Friel also got a mention for his technology know-how, all in all making a Committee which functions well.
Certainly if no delegate had anything to say then everyone must assume that everything in the garden is rosey. Under the banner of fixtures the Chairman revealed that over 1,200 games in forty competitions had been successfully completed in the past year, including the Under 21 Football Championship which was completed just the day before convention.

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