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Fairer Club finals blueprint must get seal of approval

Colm Parkinson

Published 02/07/2014 | 02:30

2014 All-Ireland Club Champions St Vincent's had a 10 week gap between the Quarter Finals and their Semi-Final match against Ballinderry. Picture credit: Oliver McVeigh / SPORTSFILE
2014 All-Ireland Club Champions St Vincent's had a 10 week gap between the Quarter Finals and their Semi-Final match against Ballinderry. Picture credit: Oliver McVeigh / SPORTSFILE

I'm delighted Central Council agreed to back the FRC's proposal to finish all club competitions in the calendar year.

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It is a farcical scenario at present. Playing a provincial club final in late November or early December and then sitting around for more than two months over the Christmas period for an All-Ireland semi-final is unfair on players and management teams.

This year, All-Ireland club champions St Vincent's beat Portlaoise on December 8 but didn't play Ballinderry until February 15. That's a 10-week gap between games.

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