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Uimhir.a.3. (Galway) - Posts: 247 - 10/11/2018 12:31:04 2150505Link 0 0
The big problems in the association is the haphazard nature of fixtures, player dropout and problems of changing demographics causing problems for rural clubs being able to field competitive teams.
The intercounty game is a big problem. It dominates every other aspect of the game.
I kind of think the association needs a playing level between club and intercounty and organised at a Provincial level.
It'd be like the divisional system in Kerry only on a Provincial basis. Players would only be accompdated to participate at this level in one code.
The intercounty season would be drastically scaled back. It'd be something like international football where players would be released to play during the intercounty Break.
There would be county league competitions under this level, with these players accommodated to play both codes.
The nuts and bolts of the season would be the Provincial leagues.
Those players would be also released to play club championships in both codes. Which should be restricted to 6 potential games.
There'd be no more Interprovincial club championships as they are replaced by the Provincial league competitions.
There'd be an under 20 and under 17 with proper competitions at this Provincial league level also, under 20s can play up to senior Provincial league but they cannot play 2 games a weekend.
It'd seem strange to include another tier to the season when it's already hard to fit in other games. This tier would be the primary competition, a players bread and butter. They are representing their club or an amalgamated regional team and playing a regular program of games. More players, competing in regular competition at a more appropriate level. Those not capable of playing Provincial league would have their own uninterrupted league schedule where they play without Provincial league players but still get a championship competition with a full club team.
Underage players get more games and better quality games playing games against players around their own age. There's less exposure for young players to move up to senior until they are ready.
It'd be good for hurling in developing counties.
Take Meath for instance. Maybe they'd be able to accommodate 2 competitive divisional teams in a Leinster hurling league compared to say 10 or so teams coming from Kilkenny. More hurlers in Meath get exposure to top quality hurling.
Whammo86 (Antrim) - Posts: 2147 - 10/11/2018 13:20:33 2150507Link 1 0
Yes, professional set up could be limited with certain smaller counties playing as divisional/regional/somehow merged teams as well.
Look, the current 22-match regular season in the Aussie AFL was based on a limited 12-team league (prior to 1987, now 18 teams without an increase in games).
Exciting competition counts - not the number of teams - Six Nations Rugby (formerly, Five) still holds public interest.
omahant (USA) - Posts: 1383 - 10/11/2018 17:26:11 2150521Link 0 1