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omahant (USA) - Posts: 1229 - 30/11/2017 05:21:50 2064072Link 0 0
Something that'd be quite simple but exciting and structured would be just 2 divisions of 16.
Whammo86 (Antrim) - Posts: 2045 - 02/12/2017 14:32:33 2064265Link 0 0
1) I like when Div 2 teams who go to AI KO also happen to be the only promoted teams. Otherwise, why does say a team finishing Div 2 in 7th push to go up and make life harder for AI KO next year - unless somehow winning the Div 1 league was separately prestigious ?
2) As an amateur sport, I think a Div 1 15-match schedule against the top 16 is both too long and too intense. In my idea, I have 12 matches, 4 each against div 1, 2 and 3 opponents.
I prefer your shorter 2x Regional 10 in Div 2 for variety.
3) Having my 8 divs of 4 allows a quarter of the teams to claim a NFL title at their own level.
omahant (USA) - Posts: 1229 - 02/12/2017 16:38:30 2064272Link 0 0
Playoff places and relegation and promotion systems are flexible.
I don't really see why 15 regular season games is too much. Amateur soccer players/rugby players play many more games than that.
They're spread out over 5 months. It's 1 game every 10 days on average. It's really not bad plus players want more games and less training.
Whammo86 (Antrim) - Posts: 2045 - 02/12/2017 20:03:35 2064283Link 0 0
Eng Prem L players being limited for Intl games (say, max 10 per yr ?).
Years ago, the Rugby Provs were representative until they became Super Clubs to compete in Europe.
Maybe, I'd like the county GAA players to go this route - serve the county master only and have your wider schedule, even grow it - play 23 counties once (all but no 1st 8 v 4th 8, nor 2nd 8 v 3rd 8) ?
- or like your 2x16, play all in own div, plus half in other.
omahant (USA) - Posts: 1229 - 02/12/2017 21:24:35 2064288Link 0 0
With 2 divs of 16 -
omahant (USA) - Posts: 1229 - 03/12/2017 06:45:00 2064295Link 0 0
To do this really properly I think you need to make qualification to an playoffs exclusive. 6 from 16 seems like a decent number. You then have relegation to keep things exciting.
Having 1 team from division 2 go to the playoffs I could take or leave. Really it'd be just a way of making sure that in the second tier there are some really big matches. Getting toward the end of the division 2 season the fight for first place could be huge.
Realistically I don't think teams would tank to get an improved chance of qualifying for the playoffs.
Playing division 1 football would be a huge goal for all these players. I think most teams would rather play 15 games against top teams rather than going to play against Leitrim in front of no crowd.
I don't think Irish people would be receptive of a league where not all teams play one another.
These structures would in my opinion make up for the loss of income from not having Provincial championships.
Selling a season ticket for the Dublin fans alone for 15 football and 11 hurling matches would be a huge money spinner.
Whammo86 (Antrim) - Posts: 2045 - 03/12/2017 11:06:02 2064299Link 0 0
If there's no appetite to end provincial championships and there's an appetite to expand the Super 8, I've already offered the solution. The only other option are provincial groups not too dissimilar to hurling.
Discussions need to move on to different matters? Can the championships start in April and end around the August Bank Holiday weekend, allowing the rest of the months for club action?
Counties could play club league games until July. August to December then for club championships right up to and including All-Ireland quarter-finals.
legendzxix (Kerry) - Posts: 5437 - 03/12/2017 15:55:23 2064325Link 0 0
2 divisions of 16.
Single round robin in each.
Then playoffs can be decided to make sure there are meaningful games in both divisions until the end of the season. Like what happens in many sports.
My gripe with the competitions at present is that they don't make the most of the league.
The hurling proposals are better than the football in my mind. In football you still have the stupid qualifier system and the problem that creates for county boards in scheduling matches.
Just play 2 divisions in football, 3 divisions in hurling and teams fixtures will be set in stone from the start of the season.
It'll be really exciting also, if the playoffs are organised correctly.
Whammo86 (Antrim) - Posts: 2045 - 03/12/2017 17:02:29 2064328Link 0 0
The Super 8 realistically was the only change that could have gotten through congress.
Realistically any further change will be a step from the Super 8. Expanding to 16 does that. They can simply run qualifier rounds 1 and 2 in parallel with provincial semi-finals and finals, and enter the 8 provincial finalists and 8 round 2 winners into the top 16.
legendzxix (Kerry) - Posts: 5437 - 03/12/2017 18:58:39 2064340Link 0 0
I'm talking here what I think the end point should be.
I think with a league style system you can have regular big matches throughout more of the year.
Whammo86 (Antrim) - Posts: 2045 - 04/12/2017 11:57:07 2064373Link 0 0
Now, the appetite for tiers in football is low. I think the best solution for a second championship is similar to the Europa League and European Club Rugby Challenge Cup. The teams not making the Top 16 after two bites of the cherry via provincial championship and qualifiers could enter a second championship guaranteeing the winner a Top 16 spot in the following year.
legendzxix (Kerry) - Posts: 5437 - 04/12/2017 22:02:19 2064435Link 0 0
There are some flaws with it but overall it'd be a natural step in the right direction.
Basically all I'm saying is that if I could rip up the intercounty season and start again this is what I'd go with.
It's not perfect either. Division 2 would have a lot of dead rubber games. I'd be worried about removing the Provincial championships as they do provide high profile matches for lower tier counties.
What I'd view as the ultimate goal of any competition structure is that the number of top quality games is maximised within the constraints that are there.
I think the major constraint is the accommodation of the club game. Anything I come up with has a maximum number of rounds of 18 weeks that a team can play games on.
This is where I'm coming from.
The reason I don't like the current leagues is at the end of the day they are simply a preseason competition. I think that's a waste.
Whammo86 (Antrim) - Posts: 2045 - 05/12/2017 06:19:24 2064444Link 0 0
If football doesn't opt for provincial groups there are two options:
1. Provincial championships and qualifiers feeding into group stages.
2. Provincial championships separated from All-Ireland championship. All-Ireland championship consisting of group stage. Tiered championship being optional.
Flaws in the top 16 I've suggested can be ironed out:
Provincial championships should be looked on as 6 groups of 4:
- 4 Munster semi-finalists
- 4 Connaught semi-finalists
- 4 Ulster quarter-finalists (A side)
- 4 Ulster quarter-finalists (B side)
- 4 Leinster quarter-finalists (A side)
- 4 Leinster quarter-finalists (B side)
The 12 winners should advance to the Top 16. The remaining counties should battle it out over qualifying rounds for the remaining places available.
Another alternative is the above to be a provincial group stage of 6 groups of 4:
- Top 2 in each group advancing to Round of 16.
- Six 3rd placed teams playing off for 3 spots in the final 16.
- 8 provincial preliminary round losers entering second championship 2 groups of 4. Winner of this tier taking the final place in the Round of 16.
- Provincial champions drawn at home against 3rd placed teams or tier 2 winner.
- Provincial runners-up drawn against 4 losing semi-finalists of Ulster and Leinster, with a draw to determine home team.
- Advantage of winning provincial title is guarantee of home game in Round of 16.
legendzxix (Kerry) - Posts: 5437 - 05/12/2017 18:38:05 2064499Link 0 0
I don't agree that there isn't an appetite to combine league with championship.
I see the format of the Super 8 as something looking to get more of the match ups that you see in division 1 of the NFL.
The hurling format isn't dissimilar to the NHL formats from a few years ago when division 1a and 1b were of equal strength and moved onto to 3 more rounds.
One of the CPA's 3 proposals is a 16 team division 1 of 2 groups of 8 teams playing a double round robin and hurling 2 groups of 6 playing a double round robin.
Peter Canavan contributes to Today FM on GAA and regularly speaks of how the GAA's season is the wrong way around and that the league should be the championship.
There have been articles in national newspapers stating similar.
The one big problem I'd have with it is that the players have stated they like the Provincial championship and they don't like a tiered championship. So a lot of what I'm saying would be provided that players were on board with it.
Whammo86 (Antrim) - Posts: 2045 - 05/12/2017 19:29:41 2064503Link 0 0
The inter-county scene generates a lot of revenue for the GAA, including revenue that goes back to clubs. It is also important for the promotion of the games.
It is difficult to envisage the All-Ireland championship ending before August. May, June, July and August are the months for intercounty. Discussion to be continued... :)
legendzxix (Kerry) - Posts: 5437 - 06/12/2017 21:59:42 2064580Link 0 0
I can't see it happening within the next 10 years but I do hope it happens sometime.
I agree also that I don't see intercounty finishing any earlier than they are going for this year.
That's another reason why I think league based intercounty championship could work.
All games are important but none are of the importance of a knockout match. It may be easier to have players released to clubs during the regular season.
There are 22 weeks in March to July inclusive. 15 intercounty weekends plus then clubs get access to 7 weekends.
Counties don't have to have free weekends at the same time but they will be decided from the off. So they GAA can guarantee say 4 division 1 matches every week.
Whammo86 (Antrim) - Posts: 2045 - 07/12/2017 10:14:29 2064597Link 0 0
I see that there calling it the Joe McDonagh Cup, personnally prefer if they called it Div 2 or or some name like that with the the winner presented with the Joe McDonagh cup, same goes with the other tiers
PyatPree (Cork) - Posts: 162 - 07/12/2017 16:42:36 2064621Link 0 0
1. All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship
2. Intermediate Premier Hurling Championship
3. Intermediate Hurling Championship
4. Junior Premier Hurling Championship
5. Junior Hurling Championship
By all means name cups after people but give the championships a proper name reflection their status in the hurling championship pyramid.
legendzxix (Kerry) - Posts: 5437 - 07/12/2017 18:29:50 2064631Link 1 0
PyatPree (Cork) - Posts: 162 - 07/12/2017 20:06:41 2064634Link 0 0