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Martin comes out fighting as he predicts a bright future for AUL

AUL EXECUTIVE 2019/20: front row, FROM LEFT Fran McDermott (Asst Hon Sec), Tony Cosgrave (Hon Sec), Tony Martin (President), Brendan Coughlan (Hon Treas). Back row: David Doyle, Terry Corbally, Peter Lynch, Paddy Flood, Des Smith. (Missing Jim McConnell/Darren Feehan)

RE-ELECTED AUL President Tony Martin was in bullish mood at the AUL Complex as the league hosted their AGM which also saw the official retirement of long standing secretary Dick Redmond

Tony Cosgrave – proposed by the executive was elected as the league’s new secretary with all of the remaining executive officers returned unopposed and the AGM also saw the arrival of Terry Corbally and David Doyle to the league executive.

With several high-profile clubs set to depart to the Leinster Senior League (up to 15 teams), Martin wished those clubs well but suggested, in his opinion, that their departure might not necessarily be for better pastures and predicted a re-energised AUL emerging as a potent force in the coming years.

Said Martin: “There is no denying that we are in a tough position at the present time. Over the past number of years we have seen teams leaving the league as they have said certain clubs are too dominant and that they cannot challenge at the very top. However this year we have a number of teams looking to leave to play at a better standard of competition.”

“It’s the exact opposite reason than it was over the years and for us, it’s difficult to accept as a league.”

Martin however painted a brighter picture and while the league was looking at a realignment of teams at the top end of the league, it was very much business as usual going forward.

“At the end of the day the AUL will have a big role to play in junior football. We boast the biggest sports complex of any league in the country and we have continued to strive to keep and improve the standard we want for it.”

Martin referenced the FAI’s Amateur Football Review in the greater Dublin area and while many would suggest that it has run its’ course, the AUL President suggested that the Board of the FAI may well have an input into the process and he believes that a new governing body and structure will eventually come to pass and the AUL will look to play a full and active part in that new emerging entity.”

In his financial report to the league auditor Bill Thompson referenced a challenging period in the league’s history with a drop in revenue, but, the league complex remained a valuable asset and that prudent financial management in recent years placed the league in solid position with reserves built up to help it though to better days ahead.

The AGM itself witnessed little or no debate and when the top table asked for a proposer to discuss Calendar Year Football there was none forthcoming and the debate and idea was unceremoniously consigned to AUL history in an instant.

Martin paid tribute to the referees of the league and the standard of whistler within its ranks. “We are blessed to have such a strong team of referees available to us with the AUL and while people will occasionally have a pop at individuals, I can say that we are genuinely appreciative of all our referees and I take this opportunity to pay credit to them for the service they provide to us throughout the season. Without them the game cannot function and we are indebted to them for ensuring the smooth running of our league and cup campaigns.”

Tony Martin then took time out to heap praise of the departing Dick Redmond: “Anyone who know Dick knows he is very much a football man he has served this league with distinction and he will be sorely missed around the place. We wish him well and we’re sure that our paths will cross again.”

O’Driscoll O’Neill have been in contact with the league and a discussion has been scheduled to discuss an insurance scheme that will cater for the personal insurance needs of all players of the AUL and ensure that any expenses incurred medically as a result of playing under the league’s jurisdiction will be met through the scheme.

ON the night St Columbans SYC and Clontarf FC were presented with Club of the month Awards.

The League’s presentation night was confirmed as Saturday June 8 with the function going ahead at the AUL Complex in Clonshaugh. Trophy winners will be contacted due time

DERMOT CLARK is the AUL’s dedicated correspondent and any club in the shake up for league title or cup wins is asked to keep Dermot updated by contacting him on dfgclarke@gmail.com or phoning him on 087 9207017

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