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Fantasy Coursing time

The first Fantasy Coursing competition was held on the 1994/95 season and was won by the late Bernie O’Callaghan, Rathmines, Dublin with 650 points. Ken White & the late Olly Halligan from Balbriggan hold the record for the highest points total, they won with a whopping 1105 points in 1997/98.  Ken joined up with  Tony Rooney to win again in 2009/10 but the honour for most wins in the competition goes to Dan O’Donoghue from Millstreet who won in 1999/00, 2004/05 and 2011/12. Last season good friends John Linehan & Donal Leahy (Cork) put their heads together and came up with a great selection which included the likes of Howdododo, Skellig Shane, Kyle Mozart, Drive On Smokey and Skellig Jewel. With 800 points they were overall winners and picked up a cheque for €5,000.

The 2017/18 Fantasy Coursing Competition is now underway and you have until Friday week, September 29th, to submit your entries. Details of all the runners & codes can be found on the Sporting Press as well as a postal Entry Form.  However you can also enter on-line by clicking ‘Fantasy League Entry‘ in the drop down menu under Coursing (top tool bar) or click on the ‘Enter Online Today‘ button which can be found on the Fantasy Coursing banner in the carousel on top of home page. Go on, give it a go !!!

If entering online please ensure to check that the message giving details of how much you are about to pay corresponds with the number of selections / teams which you have entered.        

       

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A few things to remember

As excitement mounts ahead of the opening meetings of the 2017/18 Coursing Season we thought we should remind Club Secretaries & Receivers of Entries of a few important rules & directives. Owners and Trainers should also take note. 

  1. You may have 2 x Reserves in an 8 Dog Stake, 4 x Reserves in a 16 or 32 Dog Stake and 6 x Reserves in a 64 Dog Stake.
  2. 48 runner trial stakes must now be drawn with 24 runners in each half. At quarter-final stage with six greyhounds remaining, the 3rd greyhound in each half gets a Bye resulting in four dogs remaining on the final day.
  3. No Owner/Partnership/Syndicate may have a runner AND a reserve in the same stake, however they are allowed to have two runners in the same stake (must be guarded in the draw).
  4. If a greyhound appears in the draw for two All Age events which are due to run concurrently it will not be allowed to run in either and shall be penalised for 12 days.
  5. If a greyhound is absent from any stake or withdrawn from any stake it will not be allowed to compete for 12 Days. (Subject to Rule 122).  If such authorisation is not granted and the greyhound competes,  it shall be disqualified and forfeit all trophies & prizemoney won. As a rule of thumb we count the final day of the meeting where it was absent/withdrawn as Day 1 of the 12.
  6. Directive No 16 covers Prizemoney Ratios in All Age Cup and All Age Bitch events. In a 32 Cup the ratio is 10:3:1 so for every ten units to the Winner, the Runner-Up must receive at least three units and the beaten semi-finalists at least one unit each (E.G Winner €1800 – RunnerUp €540 – Semi-Finalists €180 each).  In a 16 Cup the ratio is 10:3 so for every ten units to the Winner, the Runner-Up must receive at least three units (E.G Winner €1,400 – RunnerUp €420).
  7. Winner’s prizemoney for All Age Cups and All Age Bitch Stakes cannot be changed from that which appeared in the Sporting Press prior to the draw.
  8. The Entry Fee for ALL 32/48/64 runner trial stakes is now €50.  Winner to receive €1.500 (32) or €2,000 (48/64).  There is no change to 16 runner trial stakes which will continue to have an Entry Fee of €40 and winner’s prize of €600.
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Donie Quinn, presenting the Andrew Hickey Memorial Stake Michael and Gerard Mcheney, Lurgan to Michael and Gerard Mcheney, Lurgan, whose dog 'Annabel Magic' won the Andrew Hickey Memorial working members  Stake at the Regional Coursing.Also in photo are working members and friends. pic Declan hehir

Regional to host Tradaree

IRISH COURSING CLUB FIXTURES COMMITTEE NOTICE: September 12, 2017
Members: President: Brian Divilly, Treasurer: John Egan ; Berkie Browne, Glen Healy, Jack Mahony, Damien Matthews & D.J. Histon

REQUEST: Tradaree C.C. requested to schedule a joint meeting with the Regional C.C. conducted over three days commencing on Friday October 13th, 2017.

CONSIDERATION: The Fixtures Committee noted that prior to Week 3 two Clare meetings will have concluded and that all Dog Trial Stakes in Co. Clare will be completed by Week 3 if the request is granted. It noted that Tradaree have made the request for one year only and they intend scheduling a stand -alone meeting next season. The Committee took note of the proximity of the Regional to Tradaree and the high standard achieved by that club annually. The Regional C.C. have agreed to accommodate Tradaree subject to Fixtures Committee approval.

OUTCOME: The Fixtures Committee agreed to Tradaree’s request with the following proviso: Tradaree to notify the Fixtures Committee as to their date and venue for next season by March 1, 2018. A date similar to their traditional date of early December or January would be considered. This will strengthen the coursing programme and ensure an even spread of Dog Trial Stakes within Co. Clare.

Both meetings will be advertised on this week’s Sporting Press

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Renewing your Membership

Will Web Site members who provided a valid e-mail address when joining last season please note that an e-mail will issue on the 365th day of membership informing you that your membership has expired and that you now need to renew membership..
You should not attempt to renew membership until such time as this e-mail is received. Otherwise you will not be allowed to use the same User Name and/or Password as before.
Those who did not provide a valid e-mail address will also see their membership expire on the 365th day but unfortunately we will not be able to send you official notification. However you too should refrain from renewing membership until such time as the system prevents you from logging in.

All web site members who joined in September 2016 through the special Sporting Press subscription offer will see their membership expire on 11th September*.  (* 9th October for those who availed of the special offer in early October 2016).  Details of our 2017 Sporting Press subscription offer can be found on last week’s paper and will also appear on this week’s edition.

 

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Reserve Trial Stakes

The following clubs will hold Reserve Trial Stakes in the 2017/18 season.

Reserves for Oaks and Derby (alphabetical)
  OAKS     DERBY
1 Ballyheigue & Dist   1 Balbriggan
2 Bandon & Careys X   2 Cappoquin Clogheen
3 Borris in Ossory   3 Doon
4 Co Kerry   4 Dungannon
5 Dundalk & D’Hill   5 Ennis Clarecastle
6 East Donegal (2)   6 Johnstown & Url
7 Freshford   7 Kilflynn
8 Mallow   8 Killimer Kilrush
9 Mitchelstown & Dist   9 Macroom
10 Mooncoin   10 Sevenhouses
11 Newcastlewest   11 South Clare
12 Trim   12 Waterford & Dist
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Report from AGM of ICC

There was a large attendance when the AGM of the Irish Coursing Club took place at the Horse and Jockey Hotel, Co Tipperary on Wednesday 16th August. A full report & photos will appear on next week’s Sporting Press (edition of Thursday 24th August). 

Ten motions were listed for discussion. Nine were passed by members and the tenth (concerning 48 runner trial stakes) was amended following representation from the Co Kerry clubs and this too was subsequently passed. These are now subject to ratification by Bord na gCon (under the Greyhound Industry Act of 1958) before they become rule changes.

As stated previously full details of all these motions will be included in our Sporting Press report next week but a brief summary of some of them is shown below.

Prizemoney for Trial Stakes :  All 32 runner trial stakes to have an Entry Fee of €50 and a winner’s prize of €1,500; All 64 & 48 runner trial stakes to have an Entry Fee of €50 and a winner’s prize of €2,000. No change to 16 runner trial stakes which will continue to have an Entry Fee of €40 and a winner’s prize of €600

48 runner Trial Stakes :  These will now be deemed to have 24 runners in the top half and 24 runners in the bottom half.  The greyhound on the red collar in the second quarter-final will run a Natural Bye and the greyhound on the red collar in the fourth quarter-final will run a Natural Bye. This will give four semi-finalists. (Last season these stakes were drawn with 32 runners in top half and 16 runners in bottom half and it was the greyhound on the red collar in the second semi-final which received the Natural Bye).

Guarding in Derby and Oaks at National Meeting :   As before (a) An owner or partnership may win an unlimited number of trial stakes but (b) An owner or partnership cannot have more than two entries in the Derby or Oaks in the same name so therefore to satisfy this rule they must execute a change a ownership if they have more than two entries . Members at AGM passed the motion that two greyhounds in the same ownership shall now be guarded only if they are registered in that same ownership at the time of first registration or are in that same ownership before the commencement of the coursing season or are subject to compulsory transfer to comply with the rule of only having two entries in the same name (provided they were in that same ownership at first registration or before season commenced).

Finals at National Meeting:   ALL finals at the National Meeting must now be run out irrespective of Ownership status.

12 Day Rule (Greyhounds Absent or Withdrawn) :   Where a greyhound competes in a coursing event but is subsequently found to have been in breach of the 12 Day Rule it stands disqualified from the event, forfeits all prizemoney & trophies won and all greyhounds beaten by the disqualified greyhound are promoted by one round & entitled to the benefits associated with revision of placings.

Other motions passed at the AGM concerned Rule 88 (Adverse Analytical Finding Publication), Rule 88 (Sanctions), Club Insurance, Establishment of a Forfeit List, Registration of Litters and the Establishment of a Fixtures Committee.

The 2017/18 Fixtures List was ratified and can now be viewed under http://irishcoursingclub.ie/fixtures/

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National Coursing Meeting 2018

Following their meeting today, July 6th, the Executive Committee of the ICC have announced that the 2018 National Coursing Meeting will be held on Saturday 10th, Sunday 11th and Monday 12th February (subject to ratification of all fixtures for the 2017/18 season by the members at their AGM on Wednesday 16th August).

 

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Great night at ICC Awards

A huge thank you to everyone who supported our Coursing Awards & Dinner Dance at the Charleville Park Hotel on Saturday 1st April. Sincere thanks to our Award Sponsors: Greyhound & Pet World Abbeyfeale; Flaherty Markets Galway; Event Power Ltd Thurles; National Meeting Bookmakers; Brian & Noelle Divilly; Michael Horgan Mitchelstown; Bridget Byrne Surrey.

Of course it is the attendees who also make this night so special and we were thrilled to have over 300 once again for what was the 15th Annual Awards Night. Westmeath, Kilkenny, Cork and Limerick were very well represented this year as were the Abbeydorney coursing club who held their field development draw during the evening. The biggest cheer (and standing ovation) was reserved for Hall of Fame recipient Jimmy Darcy and his wife Anna. However for us Tipperary people the most memorable moment was the emotional rendition of Slievenamon from two other Kilkenny men Brian Doyle & Tommy Norton on Sunday morning.

We would also like to pay tribute to our superb band who suffered a very close family bereavement just a few days earlier but honoured the booking despite how difficult it must have been for them all. Thank You.

Our photo shows owners Dr Paddy & Mary O’Kelly, trainer Gerry Holian and breeder Denis Guiney receiving their trophies from Kathleen & Liam Murphy of Greyhound and Pet World after Reikers Island was announced the ICC Greyhound of the Year.

More photos on this week’s Sporting Press (April 13th).

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Westmeath flavour to Awards night

What a coursing season it was for the Carr family from Killucan, Co Westmeath and indeed for everyone at Westmeath Utd coursing club. They had a path worn from Tables 7 and 8 to the stage at the ICC Awards & Dinner Dance last Saturday night in the Charleville Park Hotel. Sporting Press Progress Charts for Killucan Rose & Howdododo, the Charity Fantasy Coursing cheque for David & Declan Carr, the Patsy Byrne Junior Nominator Award for Caoimhe Ivory and Michael Horgan’s ‘Road to Glory’ Award for Westmeath Utd coursing club.
However the highlight of the night for them all was the Coursing Bitch of the Year Award presentation for Killucan Rose, very kindly sponsored by Flaherty Market’s, Galway.

Our photo shows Kevin Carr accepting the 2017 ICC Bitch of the Year Award from Martin Flaherty (presenting on behalf of his dad Jimmy) with members of the Carr family, Lucy Flaherty, ICC President Brian Divilly and ICC CEO DJ Histon.

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Jimmy enters Hall Of Fame

“If you could come up with a definition of what a coursing man should be, look no further than Jimmy Darcy. He is a breeder, owner, trainer of distinction, club working member and of course has great respect for the Irish hare. He is a man we all aspire to be like and he is an inspiration to us all”.
Those were the words of DJ Histon, CEO Irish Coursing Club as he welcomed Jimmy Darcy into the ICC Hall of Fame at the Coursing Awards & Dinner Dance last weekend. As Jimmy and his wife Anna came to the stage to accept his Award from sponsors Brian and Noelle Divilly he received his second standing ovation of the evening. The first had come a short time earlier when the guests had watched a moving tribute to Jimmy which had been filmed at the Johnstown & Urlingford coursing field in Woodsgift and at his home.

Our photo shows Jimmy accepting his Award from sponsor and ICC President Brian Divilly whilst Anna accepts a bouquet from Noelle Divilly. Also in photo are Jimmy’s children Jimmy jnr and Marie, two of his grandsons James and Conor and his many friends from Johnstown and neighbouring coursing clubs.