Monday 24 April 2017

Colm O'Rourke: Ripping up provincial map is fastest route to progress

Many counties would benefit from a fairer championship format, says Colm O'Rourke

Colm O'Rourke

Colm O'Rourke

The necessity of life is change. It is going to happen anyway so the best thing is to manage it as well as possible.

In the GAA change comes slowly so when president Christy Cooney suggested movement of counties to create four provinces of eight there was shock and horror in many quarters, mainly at provincial council level.

Yet how could anyone disagree with making competitions fair? Connacht has five counties, Leinster has 12. The basis of all competition should be that all teams play the same amount of games to win the All-Ireland and it is easier for teams from Munster and Connacht to win the big cup than for teams from Leinster and Ulster.

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