Saturday 18 November 2017

GPA vote 'no' to Duffy's 'Super Eight' plan

Galway chief executive John Hynes has also confirmed that the county is unanimously backing plans by Duffy to revamp the All-Ireland senior football championship (Stock picture)
Galway chief executive John Hynes has also confirmed that the county is unanimously backing plans by Duffy to revamp the All-Ireland senior football championship (Stock picture)
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

The GAA's 'Super Eight' proposal suffered a blow last night as it emerged that the GPA will vote against the motion at the annual Congress this weekend.

The players' body have voting rights and GPA members voted by a margin of 70pc to 30pc against the motion - brought by director general Páraic Duffy - to replace the All-Ireland quarter-final knockout round with two round-robin groups of four.

The CPA also denounced the plans, meaning both players' bodies are against the proposal.

The motion requires a two-thirds majority for its introduction on a three-year trial basis.

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

Galway officials are confident that their motion to have all their hurling teams playing in the Leinster championship is in order and that it will be passed at Congress on Saturday.

Galway chief executive John Hynes has also confirmed that the county is unanimously backing plans by Duffy to revamp the All-Ireland senior football championship.

Galway delegates met on Tuesday to give their backing to the revamp, as well as to confirm that their main motion - the entry of their minor, U-21 and intermediate teams to Leinster - was still on, after speculation over the weekend that it could be in difficulty.

"It's all in order, it has gone through the various channels here in Galway and at national level. We are hopeful of receiving the necessary support for it and that from next year all our teams will be playing in Leinster," said Hynes

Elsewhere, it was a mixed day for the Clare hurlers, with the news that Conor Ryan is to take a year out on medical advice.

However, David McInerney is back with the squad after time spent travelling.

Monaghan's Barry McGinn has been ruled out for the year with a cruciate knee injury. McGinn was injured when captaining the U-21s in their win over Derry on Sunday - his third game that weekend.

Irish Independent

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