'THREE up, three down' is the main change to the 2013 County Senior Football Leagues for 2013 after a lively discussion about the present structures in the competition at last Monday's fixtures ceeting in Austin Stack Park.
The Ballymacelligott motion was passed after clubs felt that returning the Leagues to three promoted and three relegated teams each season was the only way to restore some of the integrity proponents of the change felt had been lost in the competition in recent years particularly coming towards it's conclusion.
There was a feeling amongst some delegates that games are being decided in the competition as early as Round Eight now in the present structures particularly teams who have nothing left to play for in the season if they have been knocked out of other competitions in advance. While the move was mainly opposed by the Division One teams, Kerins O'Rahillys using the example of clubs with inter-county players being deprived of their key players for the mid-season games there was also a sense that delegates could not have it every way in trying to solve the problem.
A Castlegregory proposal to review the structure of the competition so that there is an incentive for each team to win a match was withdrawn in favour of the CCC setting up a Committee to look into the County League in general and examine whatever suggestions clubs wanted to make on the competition. Renard's motion to try and create six divisions of 10 in the competition by 2014 was withdrawn after it was felt that it would create a big gap in the calendar by having two weekends taken out of the competition most likely during the summer months according to the CCC. The club's motion in relation to playing some games as '13-aside' matches in the competition was also defeated. Motions relating to three points for a win were also withdrawn as it was pointed out that such a rule is contrary to the GAA's Official Guide. In order for such a proposal to be passed, delegates were informed that a motion would have to be passed by the County Committee at Convention and brought forward to the next rule change year of Congress before such a proposal could get a proper airing.
Beaufort's motion that all 'back games' be completed before the start of Round Nine was defeated as it was felt too many restrictions would apply if it were to be implemented but delegates were also reminded that only games that matter in the County League have to go ahead at the same time in the Final Round, not necessarily games that have no consequence if the clubs wish for it to be played earlier. Cromane's request that players involved with senior teams not be allowed play with a B team in a lower division was also withdrawn however it was agreed to look at putting the requirement for clubs to submit their 'first 15' to the CCC back until after possibly Round Four or Five of the competition as suggested by Dingle just in case a 'B' player who was not originally marked down as a potential senior player finds a bit of form during the season.