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Saturday 10 December 2016

Minor age reduction gaining support

Published 26/02/2016 | 02:30

Several counties have already taken positions ahead of tonight’s Congress in Carlow with momentum growing behind a move to cut minor from U-18 to U-17 (Stock picture)
Several counties have already taken positions ahead of tonight’s Congress in Carlow with momentum growing behind a move to cut minor from U-18 to U-17 (Stock picture)

The GAA's effort to reduce the age grade for its primary underage inter-county competitions is more likely to succeed with minor than U-21 (football).

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Several counties have already taken positions ahead of tonight's Congress in Carlow with momentum growing behind a move to cut minor from U-18 to U-17.

Dublin, Meath, Wexford, Kildare, Laois, Mayo, Leitrim and Tipperary all declared their support for earlier in the week and have since been joined by Sligo, Offaly, Wicklow and Westmeath with Donegal also likely to support. Roscommon and Waterford are among those as yet undecided.

Cork, Kerry, Galway, Limerick and Clare, who have some of the biggest voting delegations this weekend, are against however as are Fermanagh and Derry.

Roscommon and Offaly will oppose U-20 football though Galway will support it.

It looks virtually certain at this stage that moves to introduce extra-time for all games, with the exception of All-Ireland finals and provincial finals, will succeed while the bringing forward of dates for the All-Ireland finals by two weeks also looks to have more than enough support.

The mark has been gaining traction and now looks like it will be put to delegates though Donegal, Fermanagh, Derry, Wicklow and Westmeath have all indicated that they are against its introduction.

In their statement yesterday, the GPA didn't indicate whether the playing body would be in favour of a mark.

Irish Independent

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