Friday 24 November 2017

Ditching 'extra' rule not the answer

Martin Breheny

Martin Breheny

IT'S only in place for a short time, but Leinster Council chairman Sheamus Howlin already wants to scrap the rule whereby extra-time applies first time out in provincial championship games that finish level up to and including the quarter-final stage.

The change was introduced to facilitate club activity, but Howlin claims there is no evidence that counties are playing more games at this time of year than heretofore.

He also points out that clubs would benefit from the extra revenue arising from replays.

Surely, if county boards continue to neglect their duties to clubs at this time of year, the answer is for the provincial and Croke Park authorities to take them on, rather than scrap a rule that was introduced to help clubs.

As for championship replays in general, admission prices should be halved.

Still on admission costs, isn't €30 a bit steep for covered stand tickets for Roscommon v Leitrim on Sunday? It's a Connacht semi-final, but it's also a game between two counties who will be in Division 4 next year.

Irish Independent

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