The Annual General Meeting was held at the clubhouse on Tuesday 14th June 2011.
Outgoing President, Der O’Riordan, reflected on a very full and enjoyable year, albeit without the trophy haul of the previous season. He paid tribute to the excellent work of the 1st XV management led by coaches Brian Walsh and Brian Hickey and captain Frank Cogan on a fine season that saw the club win the AIL league series for the 5th season in succession, but fail at the final hurdle to Old Belvedere in Dublin.Despite that setback all sections of the club have prospered and the response to all ativities was superb, for which he thanked all committees and members. Highlights included a very successful Charity Day in which $8,000 was raised for Marymount Hospice. Also there was a very enjoyable Family Day, a wonderful President & Captain’s Dinner and, close to his own heart, a memorable Minor Night. Meanwhile activity continues in the club throughout the summer with the Con Tag Rugby competititons that are very well supported.
Frank Cogan, Captain, said that the senior team were disappointed with the final outcome but played good rugby through the year. Losing to Old Belvedere in the final was particularly disappointing after beating them twice during the league series. But winning the League series for the fifth season running was a significant achievement and he thanks the players and management for another great experience as captain.
Jerry Holland, Director of rugby, acknowledged the disappointment at losing the final but also stressed the importance of winning the league campaign once again. Also the junior side had a good rugby season but also lost in the Munster Junior Cup final to a very good Cashel side who had gained AIL promotion, the J2 team won the Dennehy Cup but lost their Cup final to Tralee, while the Under 20 team qualified for the All Ireland knock-out series for the second year in succession only to lose to Lansdowne. A feature of the season was the strong showing by our teams in each of the league competititons and that ensured plenty of competitive rugby for all players. He said that there is plenty of reason for optimism with good structures in place for all players and teams.
Hon.Treasurer Stephen Murphy reported a very satisfactory financial outcome in the most diuffcult economic climate. He reported a surplus on the year’s activities and also on recovering some outstanding issues from previous seasons. Sponsorship budgets had been achieved, and the arrangement with Rochestown Park Hotel was most satisfactory. The outgoings were on budget and he proposed a similar budget for the forthcoming season.
Brian Humphries assumed the President’s chair for the coming season. In his address he paid tribute to the outgoing President for his total commitment to the office and the welcoming spirit he generated throughout the club. He looked forward to continuing the work. Colin Kilbride and Stephen Murphy continue in the offices of Hon Secretary and Hon Treasurer respectively. Finian O’Driscoll has moved up to Deputy President with Ian O’Leary replacing him as Junior Deputy President. Kenny Muphy and Rose Dunne were elected as Vice Presidents, the latter becoming the first lady to be elected.