'Who gives a f*** about them' - Clare star Collins leads players' anger after Super 8 motion passed
There has been a divided reaction to the GAA Congress’ decision to change the structure of the All-Ireland senior football championship, with a round robin system to replace the quarter-final stages from 2018.
Congress passed the motion by 76% to 24% with a round robin system of two groups of four teams to replace the current quarter-final stage. The new system will be trialled on a three year basis from the 2018 season onwards with the news receiving a mixed reaction from the GAA community.
Clare hurling star Podge Collins was one of the strongest critics, tweeting:
"Players club & county don't agree but who gives a f*** about them."
The Gaelic Players' Association and the Club Players' Association both opposed the introduction of the 'Super 8' format.
However, former Monaghan footballer Dick Clerkin welcomed the passing of the proposal.
Here is how some members of the GAA community reacted to the news:
Players club & county don't agree but who gives a fuck about them. It generates more & who cares about developing weaker counties.— Podge Collins (@PodgeCollins) February 25, 2017
Can't be bothered following Congress updates after super 8 is passed. 2021 before club players can get a fair deal, depressing thought.— Philip Jordan (@PhilipJordan7) February 25, 2017
Democracy wins out. Huge credit to all those who put in effort over last number of YEARS to make these changes happen #GAAcongress17— Dick Clerkin (@dickclerkin8) February 25, 2017
'Super 8' proposal announced on August 4. GPA wait until February 22 to oppose it when nearly all units had already decided. #GAAcongress17— Pat Nolan (@pat_nolan) February 25, 2017
Super 8 is in!What a load of shite...More games to delay club champs, more money for GAA, would they not just do a Super 32 altogether— Robbie Kiely (@robbiek6) February 25, 2017
Huge & fundamental changes passed this morning at #GAACongress17. I'm all for progress but remain to be convinced that this will help Cork.— Tracey Kennedy (@Tracey_Cork) February 25, 2017