Saturday 10 December 2016

Off The Ball: Rejection of GAA players' views on revamp says it all

Colm Parkinson

Published 20/01/2016 | 02:30

From all the proposals at their disposal a Tommy Murphy Cup rip-off is the best Central Council could come up with (Stock picture)
From all the proposals at their disposal a Tommy Murphy Cup rip-off is the best Central Council could come up with (Stock picture)

From all the proposals at their disposal a Tommy Murphy Cup rip-off is the best Central Council could come up with.

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Also, and it's only semantics, the stigma associated with a 'B' Championship cannot be underestimated. No one wants to be part of a 'B' anything. I remember being on the U-12 B team in primary school and it was horrible.

The GPA needs to act on this. They have been criticised a lot in recent times but now is their chance to silence their critics and do something to rescue the inter-county season.

They have the power with their membership to make a serious impact on the future of Gaelic football. Their proposal didn't even make the shortlist to be discussed at Central Council. The message is clear from the GAA - players' wishes are not important.

The current championship structure is responsible for the majority of issues within the GAA. Burnout at U-21 level, overtraining, fixtures chaos, club inactivity and an unfair All-Ireland championship can all be solved with a well-thought-out restructure. Gaelic footballers nationwide will be interested in the GPA's response to this.

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