Sunday 17 December 2017

Reforms gaining support

Championship reform proposals are being put before Congress by Central Council this weekend (Stock picture)
Championship reform proposals are being put before Congress by Central Council this weekend (Stock picture)
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

The tide appeared to be turning favourably last night towards the championship reform proposals being put before Congress by Central Council this weekend.

Tipperary reversed an earlier decision to oppose while Mayo became the latest Connacht county to support motions that would see an All-Ireland quarter-final round robin series, an August finish and extra-time in all games except finals.

Kildare will also give support but only after chairman Ger Donnelly cast in favour after a deadlock.

But there was a setback after Wexford, one of the counties with the biggest voting blocks, opted to oppose the 'super eights', as did Cork.

However, Galway completed a 100 pc backing in Connacht and with two-thirds of Munster now guaranteed and at least two-thirds of Ulster the proposals are edging close to the required two-thirds majority.

Meanwhile the GAA has declined a request to allow the newly-formed Club Players Association speaking time at this weekend's Congress where the CPA is seeking formal recognition.

The CPA issued a statement yesterday accusing GAA president Aogán ó Fearghail of "ignoring the will" of 20,000 club players.

Irish Independent

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