Trick or treat?

KILDARE GAA boys were in ‘trick or treat’ mode last week and a second instalment of ‘bail out’ cash would seem to have been agreed following the initial advance payment of E200,000 or possibly E300,000, depending who one is talking to, this time last year.

KILDARE GAA boys were in ‘trick or treat’ mode last week and a second instalment of ‘bail out’ cash would seem to have been agreed following the initial advance payment of E200,000 or possibly E300,000, depending who one is talking to, this time last year.

This time however, the sum would seem to be around the E400,000 mark, a sum we are told that will enable Kildare Co. Board to start 2013 with a ‘clean slate’ writes TOMMY CALLAGHAN.Maybe it’s me, and I must admit I wouldn’t be the brightest shilling in the pound when it comes to economics, but I find it somewhat difficult to understand exactly what is happening here.

Kildare GAA were (are) somewhere in the region of E500,000 in the red. Croke Park, along with the Leinster Council, have agreed to give the Lilywhite boys a loan (not a grant mind you, and not an advance like they did some 12 months previously) but a loan. A loan, I hasten to add, like any loan, that has to be repaid over a certain number of years, yet to be agreed on in this particular case.

But what I fail to understand is how can it be said that that loan (which has to be paid back) allows Kildare Co. Board to start the upcoming season of 2013 with a ‘clean slate.’

Does the fact that the loan (presumably) allows all bills to be settled, all invoices to be cleared, all outstanding expenses to be paid up, leaving nothing hanging over into next year, constitute a ‘clean slate.’

If it does fair enough.

But is there not one small item here slippiing under the radar.

Well, I suppose not really slipping under the radar, more being pushed to one side, or to be more exact, pushed into a term loan that takes it off the day-to-day balance sheet.

But no matter what way one looks at it; no matter what kind of a spin one puts on it, there is still the matter of a loan of some half a million ‘big ones’ outstanding that must be paid, albeit over five, ten, fifteen or twenty years, but it has to be paid back.

To many this loan, welcome and all as it is, falls firmly into the ‘trick or treat’ category.

You can decide yourself which one of two is the most appropriate!

Lo AND behold look what’s coming down the tracks now? It’s annual convention time in a few weeks and the runners and riders have been declared but of course that does not necessarily guarantee all ‘entries’ will go into the starting stalls by any manner of means.

It’s called positioning.

It’s called manoeuvring.

It’s called tactics. It’s called keeping all your options open.

And some of those folks proposed are so highly thought of they have the option of a multitude of positions to contest for.

It’s a kind of a ‘belt and braces’ approach.

You know what I mean?

If you don’t make it on the first count you can hang n and go for the next position.

Indeed some are entered so often they can fail on two or three occasions and still end up on the top table.

Democracy. Christ man where would we be without it.

Some of those nominated of course, are not really interested in this particular race at all, more of a ‘putting down a marker’ if you get me drift.

Others look a bit out of place.

A bit like Kildare hurlers entering the Liam McCarthy Cup instead of the Christy Ring of even the Nicky Rackard.

And one must also not forget some are nominated to do a job, not necessarily to win a vote, well not for themselves anyway.

As the old saying goes, there is more than one way to skin a cat!

Others, no doubt, are nominated to ensure a ‘field’ and when you have a ‘field’ anything can happen.

It has in the past and can in the future, have no doubt about that.

But as convention day looms one of the main talking points surrounds the ‘Leader of the Pack’.

Will he get a clear run or will he be opposed by the one who is ‘destined for greatness’ or, and don’t rule it out, the present Leader of the Pack’s understudy who could come in under the radar.

Wouldn’t be the first time that happened.

Interesting. Very interesting. Lots to ponder. Lots to consider.

The jockeying for position is gaining momentum.

If one could actually decide who are the genuine ‘pace makers’ as distinct from the ‘genuine runners’, there could be a few bob to made on the make-up of the top table.

Then again in true GAA fashion the horse trading is just beginning and no doubt there will be many a twist and turn, not forgetting the odd knife in the back before this one is sorted.

Think I’ll keep me cash firmly in me pocket. For now at least!