Blow for Limerick football as seeding system to go ahead

Limerick take on Kilkenny in the All Ireland semi-final at 3.30pm today
MUNSTER GAA will be sticking with their new controversial seeding system for the 2014 senior football championship.

MUNSTER GAA will be sticking with their new controversial seeding system for the 2014 senior football championship.

On September 12 last the Munster Controls Competition Committee (CCC) voted 6 to 3 in favour of recommending that Cork and Kerry would be seeded for next year’s provisional championship and, later that night, the Council accepted the recommendation.

Limerick had been one of the majority six counties but, after some of their players expressed their discontent, the county did a U-turn while players from Clare, Tipperary and Waterford also objected to the ruling.

At the request of Clare, however, a special emergency meeting was held to discuss the matter in Limerick tonight and the new format was upheld.

“The Chairman Robert Frost ruled that the Munster Council has no jurisdiction to revisit the original decision taken on September 12 as this would be in breach of rule 3.31 (e) which states that alterations may be considered only on an annual basis,” a statement read.

“The Chairman referred to the alteration made at the September 12 meeting to change the format of the Championship from the 2013 structure.”

It now means that the 2014 championship will be seeded and that Cork and Kerry will be guaranteed semi-final places and be on opposite sides of the draw. The other four counties will be paired off in the quarter-finals with the winners going through to meet the big two.

Limerick, who are still on the lookout for a new manager, could struggle to get all their players back on board because of the new rule, claimed former boss Maurice Horan on Twitter last week.