Tuesday 20 August 2019

Cork clubs vote against radical plan to overhaul championship

Cork clubs had been mulling over three proposals for the last week, one of which proposed separating the club and county game in mid-summer and offering two points for the two games without county players (stock photo)
Cork clubs had been mulling over three proposals for the last week, one of which proposed separating the club and county game in mid-summer and offering two points for the two games without county players (stock photo)
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Cork clubs will not have to play any championship game without their inter-county players, a county board vote determined last night.

Radical proposals to play one or two championship games during May, June and July without inter-county players got 52 votes, well behind the 136 votes for the preferred option which is to divide 12 teams in four grades into three groups of four, playing one game in April and a further two in August.

Cork clubs had been mulling over three proposals for the last week, one of which proposed separating the club and county game in mid-summer and offering two points for the two games without county players. For the other three games where county players would be available, four points were on offer.

That the proposal was even put forward by a sub-committee underlined the frustration in the county at the absence of windows in the summer for club championship activity since the inter-county season was overhauled.

A third option considered by Cork clubs, to have four groups of three with all games in August, received just 33 votes.

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