Sunday 25 February 2018

GPA to vote against Paraic Duffy's Super 8 proposal

Ard-Stiúrthóir Paraic Duffy. Photo: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
Ard-Stiúrthóir Paraic Duffy. Photo: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
Frank Roche

Frank Roche

THE Gaelic Players Association will vote against Pauric Duffy's 'Super 8' proposal at the GAA's annual Congress this weekend.

It emerged tonight that GPA members voted by a margin of 70pc to 30pc against the motion - championed by director-general Duffy - to replace the All-Ireland quarter-final knockout round with two round-robin groups of four.

Taken in tandem with this week's latest denunciation from the Club Players Association, it means that the two player representative bodies - at club and county level - are standing steadfast against the plan.

Whether this will influence a sufficient number of counties to block the move remains to be seen. The proposal requires a two-thirds majority for its introduction on a trial three-year basis.

However, the GPA is backing motions that would see the All-Ireland senior finals played by the end of August and the playing of extra-time in all drawn matches bar provincial and All-Ireland finals.

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