Divisional teams could be at an end in Limerick SHC

Jerome O’Connell

Reporter:

Jerome O’Connell

THE future of the divisional side in the Limerick SHC will be voted upon at the first County Board meeting on January 29.

THE future of the divisional side in the Limerick SHC will be voted upon at the first County Board meeting on January 29.

A proposal will be put before the meeting to remove a divisional representative from the championship.

This could mean that there could yet be a reprieve for Granagh-Ballingarry.

If the proposal to end the divisional involvement is successful, it is expected that relegation from the 2012 Limerick SHC and IHC would be voided - meaning Granagh-Ballingarry (SHC) and Ballybricken-Bohermore (IHC) would maintain their status.

The proposal, from two clubs, to remove the divisional team will need just a simply majority to be passed.

This Wednesday Limerick GAA secretary Mike O’Riordan confirmed that the January 29 meeting would only determine “who” will take part in the 2013 Limerick SHC and IHC.

The format of both championships will remain unchanged from recent years.

The draws for the SHC and IHC will take place at the February County Board meeting on February 12.

However, there are plans to change the format for 2014.

This decision will be taken at a special meeting on January 22 when ‘Lifting The Treaty 2’, will be debated.

One proposal from this group is for a 12-team senior championship, comprising of two groups of six teams.

The ‘Lifting The Treaty’ document also calls for a revamp of the intermediate grade to provide for an eight-team premier intermediate championship as well as the regular intermediate grade.

The possibility of the junior grade moving to an ‘all-county basis’ is another of the proposals.

Meanwhile at the January 29 meeting, the divisional team involvement is just one of many that will come before the club delegates in Claughaun.

Another will be to remove the right of the county champions to appoint the varying county captains.

At present, the county minor, U-21 and senior champions have the honour of nominating the captain for the following year.

This proposal has come before delegates in the past decade and was lost.

Earlier this week, Limerick senior hurling manager John Allen came out in favour of any change to give him the power to select his team captain.

“It makes more sense (for the manager to choose),” said John Allen.

“I think a lot of the time what has happened is that you have a club that wins the championship and might not have a player on the first 15. I have already expressed my opinion that the management should pick the captain,” said the Limerick senior hurling manager.