Friday 31 October 2014

Introduction of 'round-robin' system for Minors called for

Published 24/12/2013 | 05:40

Frank Barrett, Paddy Joe Barrins and Bert Barrins representing Castleconnor GAA Club at the Sligo GAA Convention.

St Michael's GAA club has called for the introduction of a round-robin system for the Connacht Minor Championship.

In a motion tabled at the Sligo Convention, the club proposed that the two teams which reach the 2014 Connacht final should automatically qualify for the semi-final of the Connacht Minor Championship in 2015.

The remaining three teams in the Province should then play in a round-robin system to qualify for the semi-finals.

A club delegate told Convention that the idea behind the motion was to provide more Championship games for minor teams.

It was hard on minor squads to train hard all year and end up having just one Championship game.

In his annual report, County Secretary, Gerry O'Connor, also supported the idea of a change in the format for the Connacht Minor Championship.

He said:

"Other Provinces have systems that allow for defeated Minor teams to remain in the Championship.

"The arguments for changing the system in Connacht are well made."

St Molaise Gaels tabled a motion calling for the introduction of an Under 17 Minor Championship.

Delegate, Johnny Watters, pointed out that 85% of schoolchildren did their Leaving Cert at 18 years of age. There was concern among parents about the clash of academic and football commitment and they had to listen to those concerns.

St Molaise Gaels also called for the introduction of a separate minor competition with no under 17s eligible to play in it.

The club said this competition could be run in conjunction with senior intercounty championship competitions.

Central Council delegate, Tommy Kilcoyne, supported the idea of two separate competitions at minor level.

However, he cautioned that there was no appetite at national level for the introduction of new competitions as the fixture schedule was already congested.

"That is a high hurdle that would have to be overcome," he said.

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