Monday 11 December 2017

'B' Championship has 'little chance' - OLIVER

Paddy Oliver regards the proposal of a 'B' Championship as having a fundamental weakness in that it will feature counties who have already played each other in Division 4 a few months earlier: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
Paddy Oliver regards the proposal of a 'B' Championship as having a fundamental weakness in that it will feature counties who have already played each other in Division 4 a few months earlier: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

MARTIN BREHENY

The controversial proposal to introduce an All-Ireland 'B' football championship for Division 4 counties has little chance of being accepted by Congress, according to Louth Central Council delegate, Paddy Oliver.

"It was tried before with the Tommy Murphy Cup and it didn't work. People are talking about giving counties in the 'B' championship an incentive like a holiday but if you need to do that, it's a failure from the start. A competition should either stand on its merits or not be there at all," he said.

He regards the proposal as having a fundamental weakness in that it will feature counties who have already played each other in Division 4 a few months earlier.

"As well as that, there are four Leinster counties in Division 4 this year. They'll play each other and after that Louth play Carlow in the Leinster Championship. If neither got promoted, they would be in the 'B' championship if it were in operation so they could meet there again. That's three meetings between them in a few months. I can't see how that's progress," said Oliver.

He would favour a three-county 'round robin' system in all the provinces but that proposal got little support at Central Council.

"As for the 'B' championship, I can't see it getting passed at Congress and if it does, it won't improve anything," he said.

Irish Independent

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