Tuesday 20 February 2018

Colm O'Rourke: Blitz defence becomes latest weapon of mass destruction

The end justifies the means in Donegal's system and it should work again today, says Colm O'Rourke

Colm O'Rourke

Colm O'Rourke

W hen it comes to the championship the GAA certainly does not believe in the big bang approach. From New York to Ballybofey, the provincial championships have cranked into gear with a build-up more resembling a whimper than a roar. There are many who don't even know the games have started, even if live TV coverage will now get their attention, and especially if the weather demands umbrellas rather than sun cream.

A properly organised championship would have the champions out first. Cork should lead the way and announce the start of hostilities in a blaze of publicity. In reality, the provincial system chokes the possibility of real action in many cases until the final, Munster being a case in point. If there were four provinces of eight counties it would make sense and would also make it easier to have better games earlier in the summer -- not to mention that it would also be fairer.

There is no willingness to move on this. It never ceases to amaze me that the GAA, which flourished primarily as the sport of the natives against colonial rule, still sticks rigidly to a system of counties and provinces which was imposed by a foreign power. All the republicans should figure that one out.

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