Sunday 23 July 2017

70pc of CPA members support tiered championships

Declan Brennan, Secretary CPA. Photo: Sportsfile
Declan Brennan, Secretary CPA. Photo: Sportsfile
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Seven out of every 10 club players favour a tiered inter-county football championship while almost three-quarters support the completion of All-Ireland club finals in the same calendar year.

These were the latest findings of a Club Players Association survey conducted over the Bank Holiday weekend, ahead of the latest meetings between CPA and GAA officials in Croke Park today.

The high numbers in support of a tiered championship, which is at the core of the CPA's proposals for change, contrasts with that of Gaelic Players Association members who were vehemently opposed to a 'B' championship when they launched their blueprint in 2015. A motion calling for a 'B' championship was withdrawn prior to Congress 2016 because of an obvious lack of support.

A further 86 per cent are not happy with the way club fixtures are run in their county while 56 per cent would like to see the provincial championships scrapped.

Some 3,700 took part in the survey over the weekend.

The CPA would be supportive of a special Congress in the autumn to discuss hurling championship proposals, football rule changes and, they say, football championship reform as well.

Opportunity

"We believe it provides an ideal opportunity to also consider the issues of club fixtures and it is something we have already called for without success," their latest briefing statement reads.

"It would be inconceivable at this stage not to include the club fixtures issue in a Special Congress and have it achieve official status under rule thereby underlining the special status of clubs and their players in the GAA."

Meanwhile, Leinster GAA remains adamant that Wexford Park will host a potential football quarter-final against Dublin on the June Bank Holiday weekend if they beat Carlow in a preliminary round, despite reports over seating capacity at the Wexford venue.

With Dublin season-ticket holders likely to take up a majority of the 4,000-plus seats in the stand, that would leave a lot of home support seeking seating in the uncovered stand.

But Leinster GAA sources confirmed yesterday that the game will go ahead as planned in Wexford if Seamus McEnaney's side overcome Carlow.

Irish Independent

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