Why Gaelic's BIG THREE dwarf the rest
Published 03/09/2005 | 00:11
As Tyrone and Armagh prepare for tomorrow's second All-Ireland semi-final, Colm Keys reveals how the two Ulster teams and Kerry are so far ahead of their rivals
The structures of Gaelic football inter-county competitions have undergone great change in the new millennium with the advent of a qualifier system that has allowed beaten teams in the provincial championships back into the mainstream championship for the All-Ireland title.
When it finally dawned on the game's decision-makers back in 2000 how unfair it was on an inter-county player - who could train for up to eight months of the year, sometimes in the worst of weather - to revolve his whole life around playing for his county team and then perhaps play just one game, a new system was devised and football hasn't looked back.