Follow The Trace | Two-tier system is not the answer

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first_imgThe 2016 schoolboy football season is in full swing with all the spills and thrills that a typical schoolboy football season brings. This season, however, comes into special focus, as it unfolds in the immediate aftermath of yet another failed World Cup-qualifying cycle. As the discussions, debates and analysis continue with added fervour. The age-old proposal of a two-tier system for the Manning and daCosta Cup competitions is back on the front burner. Veteran schoolboy coach Patrick ‘Jackie’ Walters has been for a long time championing of the call for the best teams in the Manning and daCosta Cup to be separated into divisions with an A division comprising the bigger and better teams with the weaker teams to play in a B division with a relegation and promotion process enforced. The idea is that instead of playing so many meaningless games against smaller so-called inferior teams and winning 8-0, 9-0, and 10-0 the top teams should play more often among themselves, thus guaranteeing more competitive games, better football, and more meaningful development of the players. This, to my mind, is trending down the dangerous road of elitism in what are still amateur school competitions. This radical change would effectively be telling smaller, poorer, less-equipped schools like Tarrant High, Edith Dalton James, Papine etc., that they are not good enough’ to rub shoulders with the likes of St George’s College, Kingston College and Jamaica College. The same subliminal message would be sent to the smaller rural schools, such as Green Pond, May Day High or Black River High, that they don’t belong on the same field and are inferior – not just as footballers, but as a school community and as individuals. That they are lesser beings that their counterparts who attend Cornwall College, Munro College or Clarendon College. As the competitions are more even after the first round, the main objectives sought after by this proposal are for the most part achieved as the proverbial sheep are separated from the goats, as the elite teams do emerge and compete against each other for championship honours. The advent of the high-profile ISSA-Flow Super Cup pushes the concept even further providing an even bigger stage for the top teams to strut their stuff against each other, which further diminishes the need to split the competitions into divisions. The Manning and daCosta Cup competitions as they are, are highly successful and hugely popular products that provide a pivotal platform for the exposure of the nation’s best young football talent. It is the skill of meaningfully identifying that talent and what we do with that talent that have been our most significant let down. The Schoolboy football competitions are far from perfect, within an even more imperfect football structure in Jamaica, but we have to keep our feet grounded in reality. The magnitude of improvement and impact being craved by some of these suggested changes to the schoolboy football product are unrealistic. There are more achievable fundamentals such as improving the surfaces and beginning the transformation in the way talented young Jamaican players view themselves in the wider scheme of things. The practice of drilling it into the subconscious of our top 17, 18, 19 year olds that they are “so young” and have so much time to develop, is a crippling and devastating mistake. The career path of a professional footballer is generally clearly defined from as early as fourteen or fifteen years old. When we keep telling our best young players how young they are, we are covertly setting back the psychological development and advancement an average of five usually detrimental years. These are but some of the immediate problems we need to address in our football before we further muddy the waters with another act of classism. No need for splitlast_img read more


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first_imgMALIN GAA NOTESLADIES FOOTBALLThe Senior Ladies play off against Red Hughs will take place this coming weekend on Saturday the 25th of October at 2pm. Keep an eye out on the club social media sites for the venue. The play off against Red Hugh’s will determine who is to play in the Division 4 Final.UNDERAGE BOYSTraining for the Under 6 age group in the club gym has recommenced on Sunday mornings at 10-00. The sessions are based on GAA Fundamentals; a Croke Park initiative based on research aimed at bettering your child’s coordination (including hand eye) balance, agility and basic fitness in a fun filled environment. It is also an introduction into the basic skills of Gaelic games. All children are welcome to attend. For more info contact Danny on 086-8988180 UNDERAGE GIRLSThe U12 Girls training is back in full swing this week. After a successful season last year, the team & management hope to have as many new & existing players taking part. This age group will train from 4pm to 5pm each Wednesday evening. All players from 4th class encourage to attend. Please remember to bring suitable training gear for inside & outside along with €2 & a bottle of water. For more information please contact Maria on 087773679.U10/U8/U6 Girls have also started back, with sessions running from 11am to 12:30 on Saturday mornings. All girls from Junior Infants to 3rd Class are invited to attend. Take clothes for both outdoor/inside training. €2 per training session, we would encourage as many new girls to take part to meet new friends & develop skills. For U10/U8 contact Angela O Donnell on 086 3198499 & for U6 contact Sadie Mc Laughlin on 086 1055903 for more information.SHAUN FARREN MEMORIAL TOURNAMENTThe Shaun Farren Memorial Tournament got underway at the weekend and after the opening day its Urblereagh who lead the way on 9 points, Carnmalin and Drumcarbit are both tied on 4, while Culdaff are still waiting on their first points. There is quite a long way to go yet, with many points up for grabs.SCOR NA NOG Scor na Nog Inishowen will be taking place in Muff on Friday 14th November. We are looking for people under 17 to compete in the following categories. Solo singing, Recitation, Ballad group, Quiz team and Drama. If you are interested in representing the club please contact Grace on 0868047199.CONDOLENCESEveryone involved with the club would like to offer their sincere condolences to the family and friends of the late Mary Margaret O Connor who passed away recently. May she rest in peace.LOTTO There was no winner of this week’s lotto jackpot of €1650, sequence drawn was 5-7-6-2-3-4-1. €50 winner was Jim Quigley, Malin Head. Winner of the €20 sellers prize was Seamus Doherty (PM) Malin Head. Next weeks jackpot is €1700 and as always we would like to thank the local community for their continued support of our weekly lotto draw. Envelopes are just €2 or 3 for €5 euro and are available in most pubs and shops in the area or alternatively from our band of young eager sellers.KNOW YOUR PARISHIt’s time to get your teams together as we will be hosting our second ever Know Your Parish Quiz on Sat 8th of November. Last years event was an outstanding success and more importantly a great nights craic. You still have time to brush up on your local knowledge as we set out to see which townland will take home the coveted crown in 2014. Will the brain boxes of Ballynahona retain the title? How many ex school teachers will Terence Colhoun surround himself with this year in attempt to win the trophy? With no stag party to distract him this time, can Ali Farren come out on top? We would urge someone from each townland to get their team of 4 together in the coming weeks as its sure to be a night not to be missed. For more information, contact Pat Mc Laughlin on 087 2030115.CLUB SHOPThe Malin GAA club shop will be open in the clubhouse on Saturdays from 12-2 and on Sundays from 11-15 to 2-00. There are a large selection of club merchandise in stock, which can be purchased on the day. A list of other club gear, hoodies, rain jackets, shorts, socks, hats, scarves, kit bags etc are also available to order. Club vouchers are now also available and would make an ideal birthday present, or for any occasion. As it is now less than 100 days to Christmas, we would like to remind our followers of the importance of getting your orders in quickly to avoid any disappointment. For more details, contact Susan on 07493 70638.GET FIT WITH CHARLIEGet fit with Charlie continues after its summer break. Come along and shed some of the summer pounds. Classes will be on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 6-30 to 7-30 for women. While men classes get underway on the same nights from 7-30 to 8-30, all classes take place in the Malin GAA centre.IRISH DANCING CLASSESIrish dancing classes upstairs in the Clubhouse, each Wednesday at 4pm and every Saturday at 12.30. All new starters welcome. For more information contact Donna on 086 2615755.GUESS THE SCORECongratulations to James Douglas of Beaugh who was the winner of the All Ireland Final Guess The Score Competition, James didn’t correctly predict the exact score but was the closest. While the majority of the county were left disappointed by the result, not so James, as rumour has it he made a small fortune from some wagers placed with unsuspecting punters that weekend.CLUB NOTESAny items for the notes or social media updates for the week should be forwarded to Martin on 086 1585880 or Linda on 086 3452769 or alternatively send an email to the club email address pro.malin.donegal@gaa.ie at no later than 9 o clock on the Sunday evening.CLUB NEWSYou can now stay up to date with all the latest happenings within the club by checking our facebook page www.facebook.com/malingaa, by following us on twitter @malainnclg, or by sending a text to the club texting service 0868668531 to avail of club fixtures. If anyone has any club related information which they would like posted onto our facebook or twitter accounts, feel free to send a private message to the relevant accounts.GAA NEWS: MALIN SENIOR LADIES FACE RED HUGHS FOR PLACE IN DIVISION FOUR FINAL was last modified: October 20th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GAAMalinNoticesSportlast_img read more