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Tuesday 24 January 2017

Eugene McGee: Injustice is served

To get to a provincial final, Westmeath will have to win three games but Mayo just have to win one thanks to outdated, unfair system

Published 17/10/2011 | 10:26

DEBATING the pros and cons of the provincial championship format is a favourite winter pastime for GAA folk, with strongly divided opinion as to whether the current system, an open draw or Champions League-style competition would be better for the GAA, the players and the supporters.

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But common sense tends to bite when these debates actually come to the nitty gritty, because the harsh reality is that the four provincial bodies -- and the GAA politicians who serve on them -- will fight to the death to even consider discussing any change in the present format.

Many GAA people with open minds must surely have wondered to themselves: 'Is there not a better way,' when they watched the 2012 championship draws on television recently.

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