AFTER almost 80 years in existence, the future of Ógra Colmcille is in serious doubt.
The small Cookstown-border club, who at times competed under the names of Drummullan and Littlebridge during their history, will hold their AGM on January 12 and remain hopeful of finding a resolution that will enable them to continue into 2014.
Having secured their aim of retaining their place in intermediate football with a playoff win over Glack in October, it appeared that they would be able to field for another season.
However, it’s believed that a players’ meeting at the weekend discovered that, with three retirements, they had just 16 players available for the new season, one of whom will be unavailable until the summer because of university commitments in Liverpool.
A letter had been delivered to every house in the Coagh and Drummullan areas in an attempt to drum up support but it didn’t have the desired effect.
With one under-16 player getting football in Clonoe and two under-12s playing with Ballinderry, the future has looked bleak for a while, simply due to the lack of numbers in the Drummullan area.
The club had hoped that they would have been able to play for another couple of years with the current squad of players but now face their AGM in two weeks’ time searching desperately for a reprieve.
It’s believed that the options of dropping down to junior football, or requesting that they be allowed to continue at intermediate and play their games 13-a-side are being explored.
“We’re exploring every option available to us,” said club chairman Martin Devlin, who also stepped in to take over, not for the first time, as senior manager after Paddy McGuigan left early in 2014.
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