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If the qualifier draw goes pear shaped we could end up with only 1 of Galway/Tyrone/Monaghan and 1 from Donegal/Mayo/Kildare making the super 8 and we'll have a piss poor championship altogether.
There is currently no real interest in the early rounds so the championship need real change and early on too.
Let's face facts - The Leinster and Munster championships are dead as they are. Connaught is ok and Ulster is with keeping.
Use Hurling as a template and try something new.
split into two groups by league placing (top 5 and bottom 4 into groups
1- Tyrone, Donegal, Monaghan, Cavan, Armagh
2- Fermanagh, Down, Derry, Antrim
Top 3 from group 1 and winner of group 2 into semis.
Tyrone V Fermanagh, Donegal v Monaghan
Tyrone v Monaghan final - Tyrone win
Top 3 (in league) play home and away, bottom 3 play home and away
1. Galway, Mayo, Roscommon
2. Sligo, Leitrim, London
Top of group 1 into final - runner up of 1 and winner of 2 play semi final
Mayo v Sligo semi, mayo v Galway final - Mayo win
Leinster B championship
Top 3 in league removed and the remaining 8 split into 2 groups of 4. Winner of the 2 groups go to Leinster semi finals
Group 1 - Louth, Westmeath, Longford, Laois
Group 2 - Wicklow, Wexford, Offaly, Carlow
Westmeath and Offaly progress
Top 2 removed and the remainder in 1 group - winner goes to Munster Semi
Till, Clare, Waterford, Limerick
5 best ranked league teams (2 Munster and 3 Leinster) in a group.
Meath, Kildare, Cork, Kerry, Dublin
Best ranked Munster gets to Munster final,
Kerry v Clare Munster final - Kerry win
best 2 Leinster into Leinster final and 2nd best into semi final
Dublin v Offaly and Meath v Westmeath Leinster semis - Dublin v Meath final - Dublin win
Plays provincial semis and finals which produces the following.
1 - Provincial winners into super 4 (Mayo, Kerry, Tyrone, Dublin) to produce and all Ireland semi finalist (group top 2 - Dublin, Kerry ) and 2 home drawn q finalist ( Tyrone and Mayo)
Losing provincial semi finalists (Offaly, Westmeath, Sligo, Donegal, Fermanagh), top ranked teams eliminated from provincial groups (Kildare, Roscommon, Cork, Cavan, Armagh) and 2nd place in Ulster 2 (Down) and 2nd place in Leinster 1 (Laois) into 4 groups of 4, the. Semis and final to produce 1 teams for Q finals - Donegal win
Losing provincial finalists (Galway, Monaghan, Clare, Meath) group stage to produce 1 team for Q finals - Galway win
All Ireland Q finals - mayo v Donegal, Tyrone v Galway
Ireland semi - Kerry v Donegal, Dublin v Galway
Final - Kerry v Dublin
All Ireland B champ for all provincial group losers who don't progress to all Ireland qualifiers
Leitrim, London, Waterford, Tipp, Limerick, Wexford, Antrim, Derry, Louth, Longford, Wicklow, Carlow
2 groups of 6 - top 2 in each group enter semis and finals in Croke Park on all Ireland semi final and final
Sound convoluted but has most teams playing at their own level and has low probability of dead rubbers
You end up with Weaker counties having a minimum of 4 matches in top competition and 5 in all Ireland A/B
Best teams have 5 provincial, 5 all Ireland to win SAM
Middling teams get 4/5 provincial, 8 all Ireland to win SAM
Basically all counties guaranteed minimum 8/9 matches in summer with a max of 13
Current system has a max of 12 and minimum of 2
Most div 1 counties current play 7 league and 4-10 championship depending on provincial results
Curtail the league to groups of 4/6, start in Feb and have finals on Paddy's day
start Provincials in April and finish mid May.
Hold 3 rounds of club championships in May
Qualifiers/all Ireland B start June Bank holiday
Provincial winner/loser groups start mid June
All Ireland q final and B semis on August Bank holiday
All Ireland semis and B final mid August
All Ireland senior final 1st weekend in September
Club championship knockout rounds in August/September
Club provincials seeded so counties who lasted longest in all Ireland enter last
Club provincial finals on Halloween weekend
All Ireland club finals at end of November
tirawleybaron (Mayo) - Posts: 724 - 13/06/2019 07:15:19 2194238Link 0 0
2019 example from May 13th to August 26th.
legendzxix (Kerry) - Posts: 5801 - 17/06/2019 08:36:24 2196192Link 0 0