Post by greengold35 on Nov 4, 2017 20:20:48 GMT
The club forum took place last night in Tralee and covered off draft plan for next year's competitions. In line with Croke Park's master plan the month of April will be given over to all club competitions with inter county players available for games but not available to clubs in the build up as they would continue to train with county team. It was proposed to split the senior and intermediate clubs into groups of 4 in a round robin style format - in the intermediate this would comprise 4 groups of 4 teams with the semi finalists from this year seeded to avoid the so called group of death; senior clubs will have the opportunity to debate this proposed change and revert to county board by the 17th of the month; this would in effect allow an extra game for senior clubs as they currently play two games to either get to a final or be the in the relegation play offs. There was much dissent expressed around the non availability of inter county players to their clubs in preparation for their games but this is unlikely to change with the early start to the Munster championship. This would mean that the starting date of the senior county championship could be 9th Sept if Kerry reached the final and that the championship would be played out in its entirety in the 8 weeks of Sept & Oct - it would be 9 weeks in 2019 as the All Ireland would be fixed for the last Sunday in August.