THE Dublin senior football panel are set to be asked |to play club championship matches just a week after the All-Ireland final.
The heaving backlog in club fixtures caused by the Dubs’ advanced participation in both the All-Ireland football and hurling championships prompted a meeting of hurling club representatives in Parnell Park last night which was chaired by the CCC.
No vote was taken but the majority of those present elected to accept the CCC’s proposal to thin out the championship by abandoning the group structure and resorting to a straight knock-out format. However, their acceptance came only on the proviso that no club be relegated from this year’s championship.
The CCC will now draw up a proposal under these terms which they will put to a meeting of the county committee next Monday night.
The Evening Herald Dublin SFC is also well behind schedule and, as it stands, Dublin may not have a representative in this year’s Leinster senior club championship, but county board chiefs are hopeful that they can run off the remaining seven rounds within a tight timespan after the All-Ireland final on September 18.
As it is, the outstanding |St Mary’s versus Ballyboden fixture, which was postponed on a DRA recommendation, will have to be staged at the earliest possible date with a raft of rounds to be played in quick succession.