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Div 1 (10 teams / 3 games & 4 byes per rd).
Div 2 (10 teams / 3 games & 4 byes per rd).
Div 3 North (6 teams / 2 games & 2 byes p/ dbl rd).
Div 3 South (6 teams / 2 games & 2 byes p/ dbl rd).
Top team in each Div is NFL/Div Champ.
2nd Div 2 hosts 9th Div 1
3rd Div 2 hosts 8th Div 1 and
7th Div 1 hosts 4th Div 2 for 3 promo/rela places.
Best 2nd Div 3 (N/S) hosts 9th Div 2
Worst 2nd Div 3 hosts 8th Div 2
7th Div 2 hosts Best 3rd Div 3 and
6th Div 2 hosts Worst 3rd Div 3 (4 promo places).
omahant (USA) - Posts: 1356 - 07/10/2018 20:07:08 2145459Link 0 1
DonaldDuck (Tipperary) - Posts: 341 - 07/10/2018 21:16:57 2145475Link 0 0
omahant (USA) - Posts: 1356 - 08/10/2018 05:30:24 2145503Link 0 1
I think the proposal for 2019, is effectively recognizing that teams are going to be taking a different, less intense, approach to the league after this year, given that the realities of the new championship format are now being fully realized. I think they pretty much have to. It leaves the status of the league in a strange state, especially as the championship now resembles the league structure.
Marlon_JD (Tipperary) - Posts: 1680 - 09/10/2018 22:27:47 2145847Link 0 0
It'd be my opinion that it be scrapped.
The championship should be a 10 team single round robin with 4 teams moving on to semifinals.
St Patrick's day start, August bank holiday weekend end. 21 weeks to play a maximum of 11 matches. Club breaks can still be incorporated into that schedule.
In football you'd be talking 2 tiers.
2 regional groups of 8 in each. Northern championship 1, Southern championship 1, Northern championship 2, Southern championship 2.
Moving on to playoffs. Again it'd be a short but intense season.
There's no Provincial competitions, no marquee finals day but you still get all the same sort of matchups. Well designed playoff and promotion/relegation rules would keep the maximum number of games interesting until the end.
That's the future but it is a long way off, I don't see Provincial championships being removed short term.
Even in the strong new hurling format the Provincial system causes problems arising from what happens if Kerry wins the McDonagh cup. What's been drawn up is stupid and unfair and all alternatives weren't much better. It all arises just to keep 5 in each group.
Whammo86 (Antrim) - Posts: 2129 - 10/10/2018 05:56:18 2145866Link 0 0
I still think that 2 up/2 down (i.e. the bottom team in each group) would really make the league a much more effective competition in terms of helping teams develop over all. And it would make division 2 pretty intense, bigger rewards etc. But apart, I don't think wholesale re-structuring of the league is worthwhile any more, given its probably diminished status.
perfect10 (Wexford) - Posts: 2946 - 10/10/2018 09:45:13 2145890Link 0 0