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Monday 21 August 2017

Shields kick-off the new season

The Season officially kicked off on mid week, August 14, with group matches in the Shield competitions.

Teams in Premier Division 1 and Division 2 will contest the Kimessan Shield and were drawn in nine groups of three, with the highest placed team qualifying for the knock out stages later in the season.

There were also two groups of four teams in which the top two teams shall join the other nine. Teams from Division 3 and 4 will contest the Fiacre O'Neill Shield in which the groups are a straight forward eight in total with three teams in each group, with the highest placed team qualifying for the quarter-finals.

FIFA one star pitch set for December opening

The Meath and District League have signed a contract with the Wexford-based Crawford Group to install a full sized (100m X 62M) FIFA 1 'star' synthetic All Weather pitch at the MDL grounds in Navan.

The engaging of their services has followed on from years of planning to finally deliver what will be essentially the first full sized pitch of its kind to service the needs of association football within Meath.

Aside of the pitch installation the area earmarked will also be firmly secured with a top of the range fencing surround, measuring 2.5 metres in height, and a two metre overspill of carpet will lead on to a 2.5 metre of a tarmacadam finished pathway.

The Crawford Group will utilise local contractors and suppliers as Michael Rock plant hire from Slane are earmarked for the first stage of the development which entails all necessary ground leveling, drainage, and stone compaction prior to carpet laying.

The total cost of the present development is €350,000, of which €250,000 has been secured through a Sports Capital Grant. The shortfall shall be made up from the Meath & District League of €60,000, and the North Eastern Counties Schoolboys League with €40,000. The work is due to begin on the first week in September, and it is estimated to take three months before completion.

gerry gorman

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