The list of motions to be debated at the upcoming LCU AGM has been released and is below. The club committee is taking club members’ votes to direct the club representatives on how to vote at the AGM – so if anyone has any views, feel free to get in touch.
8.1 Proposed by Elm Mount
That from 2018 onwards, match points be used instead of game points for the group stages of the Branagan Cup, Killane Shield and William Brennan tournaments with game point only applying in the event of a tie.
(Rationale for this motion is that teams who lose in the early rounds of the group phase may field weakened teams in later rounds of matches thus giving their later opponents a potential advantage over teams they played earlier
in the tournament. Match points would mitigate the potential effects of this.)
8.2 Proposed by St Benildus
That rule 1.1 of the of the cup rules be changed as follows: The Branagan and Killane competitions are run as group tournaments with the winner/runner up of each group qualifying for the knockout round, while the William Brennan competition is run as a straight knock out tournament from the first round.
8.3 Proposed by St Benildus
And that the definition of ‘eligible players’ be changed as follows:
Eligible players are those players who –
Have played in either Division 1 or 2 of the Leinster Leagues of the current season(Branagan Cup only)
Have played in Division 3 or lower in the current season (William Brennan and Killane)
Have played in the Leinster Leagues during the current season
Be a current member of the ICU and
Have not already played for another club’s team in any of the competitions.
8.4 Proposed by St Benildus
That rule 9.3 be added as follows:
Clubs who return trophies having failed to arrange the relevant engraving shall be fined 30 euro, such sum payable with league fees for the following season and such funds to be used by the LCU to reimburse future winners of the trophy for the costs
of bringing the engraving up to date.
8.5 Proposed by St Benildus
That round 6 of the Armstrong be played before Christmas, to allow the league to conclude and the cups to start earlier thanat present.
8.6 Proposed by the LCU Executive
That Ennis be included in part ‘a’ of Rule 7.3
8.7 Proposed by the LCU EXecutive
That the eligibility rules for cup competitions be included in the cup rules.
8.8 Proposed by St Benildus
That rule 2.1 be changed as follows-
Subject to entry there shall be six divisions in the leagues. Extra divisions may be addedat the discretion of the Leagues Controller. The maximumnumber of teams in the top four divisions shall be twelve.The maximum number of teams in all subsequent divisions shall be twenty four, split into two equal size groups based on a north/south geographical divide.
8.9 Proposed by St Benildus
That rule 3.2 be changed as follows-
Except for Divisions 1 and 5, the teams finishing in first and second place in each Division will be promoted to the next highest Division. In Division 5 the top two in each group shall play off for two promotional places. Each side shall carry over the result from their match against each other in their group, and shall play one match against each of the other two sides in the other group, with the top two sides, based on game points, being promoted to Division 4 for the following season.
Nominations for elections
The LCU Executive support the nominations of Edward Durkan (Chairman); Arthur McSwiney (HonorarySecretary); Gordon Freeman (Honorary Treasurer);Tristan Sheridan (Leagues Controller); Maura Osborne (Junior Chess Officer) and will welcome nominations from the meeting. At Present there are no nominations for Vice Chairman, Tournaments Controller, Webmaster, Junior Chess Development Officer.