Saturday 17 August 2019

Nothing changes! No sign of white smoke from Croke Park

There is the prospect of the ‘mark’ being brought in to Gaelic Football
There is the prospect of the ‘mark’ being brought in to Gaelic Football

Eugene McGee

Not surprisingly there was no white smoke emanating from Croke Park after the long Central Council meeting which was discussing the 18-plus proposals that have come from counties and individuals and the GPA about possible football championship restructuring.

Many of the various suggestions were discussed but there was no chance of any unanimity and it was decided to get the CCC (Competitions Control Committee) in Croke Park to meet and try to condense the best of all the suggestions into some sort of possible topics for further consideration at the January meeting.

One thing that did become quite clear was that the provincial championships will remain as they are and at the same time of year. So long as that is the case then we can forget about most other proposals, including the Champions League fantasies. My own guess is that little change will emanate in time for the 2016 Congress. After all, it IS the GAA we are talking about here!

The Central Council did agree to pursue the prospect of bringing the 'mark' into football for a trial period which will be watched carefully during Saturday's game in Croke Park.

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