Tuesday 12 December 2017

We 'underestimated' scale of fixtures problem, says CPA


Stock photo: Sportsfile
Stock photo: Sportsfile
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

The Club Players Association admit they may have "underestimated" the scale of the problems that they feel exist in the GAA.

To mark the 100th day since their launch, the CPA released an update on their efforts to initiate major reform which they feel is required to satisfy the needs of club players.

But progress has been slower than they initially thought as they prepare for meetings with senior GAA officials and the Gaelic Players Association this week. The CPA have their own fixtures blueprint which they may present to GAA officials when they meet. But in acknowledging their own shortfalls in estimating the size of the task, they also suggest, in a statement, that they "overestimated the ability of the GAA to get to grips with the real issues".

The group has been largely silent since Congress when an All-Ireland quarter-final round robin series was introduced, on top of the addition of extra-time for most championship games and an August conclusion to the championships.

The CPA now say they have "accepted" the commonly-known 'super eights' as something they have to "live with".

They insist that the 100 days have not been wasted, despite the lack of progress in 'fixing the fixtures', and are adamant that their recent engagement with senior GAA officials has been "very positive".

"In launching the CPA we perhaps underestimated the scale of the problem," they add.

Irish Independent

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