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GPA members suggest six amendments to the Hurling Championship Proposals 2018-2020

Monday, 17th July, 2017 8:34am
GPA members suggest six amendments to the Hurling Championship Proposals 2018-2020

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GPA members suggest six amendments to the Hurling Championship Proposals 2018-2020

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Following an extensive consultation process involving all inter-county hurling squads on the GAA’s Hurling Championship proposals 2018-2020, detailed feedback has allowed the GPA to submit specific amendments to the CCCC, as required by Croke Park, before today's deadline.

The amendments were drafted by the GPA Competition Structure Reform Committee after an exhaustive discussion with inter-county hurlers. The GPA are satisfied that there will be no negative impact on club games while the suggestions will also promote the development of hurling in lower tiered hurling counties.


Provincial Qualifier Group suggestions:

  1. Two teams from the Provincial Qualifier Group progress to play the 3rd placed teams from the Leinster and Munster Round Robin (RR) Groups, providing an extra game for another county and rectifying imbalance between the Leinster and Munster RR Group.

  2. A six-team Provincial Qualifier Group consisting of Laois, Westmeath, Kerry, Carlow, Antrim and Meath based on 2017 results.


Christy Ring, Nicky Rackard and Lory Meagher Cup suggestions:

  1. Extension of season from five weeks to potentially nine weeks, for a finalist, allowing break weeks for recovery and preparation before semi-finals and final.

  2. Top two teams from Christy Ring and Nicky Rackard Cup round robin groups qualify for semi-finals.

  3. Final of Lory Meagher Cup to be played as a double-header with Leinster or Munster RR final round game.

  4. Finals of Christy Ring and Nicky Rackard Cups to be played as a double-header, preferably before Munster and Leinster finals or alternatively before the All-Ireland SHC quarter-finals.


The GPA are satisfied that the main objectives of the GAA’s original proposal for change will not be impacted by these suggestions.

We await the CCCC's final proposal for Special Congress on September 30, 2017 and recommend that the views of our members should be considered with great importance.

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