Monday 9 December 2019

Kerry board calls for end to International Rules series

Kerry County Board delegates have unanimously voted against the continuation of the International Rules series
Kerry County Board delegates have unanimously voted against the continuation of the International Rules series
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Kerry County Board delegates have unanimously voted against the continuation of the International Rules series.

Their vote comes as negotiations between the GAA and AFL over the details of the 2014 series in Australia are being finalised.

Talks between the two bodies will be completed by the end of this week and an announcement is due next week on the venues, dates and format.

But that hasn't stopped Kerry calling for an end to the series as part of their discussions on the Football Review Committee's second report.

Delegates believed the series has outlived its relevance for the GAA, while the FRC proposed that the International Rules series should continue as part of its review. But the one-sided nature of the 2013 series, which Ireland won by a record score, has cast fresh doubt over its viability.

The GAA are committed to the 2014 series and have given assurances that it will go ahead, but there have been recent suggestions that it could be a more compressed series in October.

Australia selected an indigenous squad for last year's series – which was clearly out of its depth – but the GAA were encouraged by talks with AFL administrators about their future commitments.

Although Kerry delegates shot down the continuation of the International Rules series, they approved the headline proposal of the FRC that all four provinces would have eight teams in their football championships.

There was a cool attitude towards playing a majority of club championship games between May and August, while a move to U-17 for minor competition has been supported.

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