Thursday 19 October 2017

Meath demand change to hurling revamp proposal

County secretary Francis Flynn said they were open to a six-team qualifier group which wouldn’t impact on fixtures. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile
County secretary Francis Flynn said they were open to a six-team qualifier group which wouldn’t impact on fixtures. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Meath GAA has formally registered opposition to the make up of the five-team qualifier group proposed as part of the new hurling Championship proposals to be discussed by Central Council tomorrow.

Under the proposals published last week, Christy Ring Cup champions Carlow and finalists Antrim will join Laois, Westmeath and Kerry, who all retained Liam MacCarthy Cup status in the Leinster round-robin.

But Meath, who were relegated despite beating Kerry, will remain in the Christy Ring Cup.

A meeting between board officials, hurling management, members of the county's hurling promotions committee and representatives of the hurling squad came to the conclusion that they should seek inclusion in the qualifier group.

County secretary Francis Flynn said they were open to a six-team qualifier group which wouldn't impact on fixtures.

Flynn said there was surprise that Christy Ring finalists are being afforded MacCarthy Cup status ahead of them. Meath beat Antrim in last year's Christy Ring Cup final.

Meanwhile,Tyrone have named an unchanged 15 for their Ulster semi-final with Donegal.

Tyrone (SF v Donegal): N Morgan; A McRory, R McNamee, P Hampsey; T McCann, R Brennan, P Harte; C Cavanagh, C McCann; K McGeary, N Sludden, C Meyler; M Bradley, S Cavanagh, M Donnelly.

Leitrim (SF v Roscommon): B Flynn; M McWeeney, R Gallagher, P Maguire; J Rooney, D Wrynn, O Madden; S Moran, D Moran; B Gallagher, D McGovern, R O'Rourke; K Beirne, C Gaffney, D Rooney.

Irish Independent

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