Monday 18 December 2017

'The Super 8s are a disgrace' - Joe Brolly on why teams will regret ever qualifying

Fintan Kelly of Monaghan following his side's defeat in the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Quarter-Final match between Dublin and Monaghan at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
Fintan Kelly of Monaghan following his side's defeat in the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Quarter-Final match between Dublin and Monaghan at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Conor Neville

The one-sided nature of this year's football quarter-finals has made most GAA fans shudder at the thought of more such games in 2018.

Remember that Galway were widely slammed for their allegedly meek surrender against Kerry in the sleepy opening quarter-final.

And yet, they got closer to the league champions than either Armagh or Monaghan did to Tyrone or Dublin, and far closer than Roscommon did to Mayo.

The Super 8s - believed to be a rather bizarre solution at the time of its introduction - promises eight more games at this stage of the championship.

Joe Brolly has relentlessly criticised the GAA leadership in the past few years and he tears into the Super 8 proposal on this edition of the Throw In, Independent.ie's GAA podcast.

"The Super 8 is a disgrace. At a time when everyone in the GAA is crying out for equality. And people are saying that we need a long-term strategy.

"And what we've come up with is something that promotes elitism. And because there's a vacuum in strategy, what we're seeing now is that commerce is filling that vacuum.

"It's going to reap money alright. But it's got nothing to do with 24 counties. And there are counties who are going to get into the Super 8 who are going to regret bitterly that they ever got in there because they're going to get absolute hammerings."

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