LIMERICK GAA officials remain confident that the county senior hurlers will return to the top flight of league hurling.
Last Saturday, the GAA’s Central Council were to vote on a restructuring of the Allianz Hurling League, which would have seen Limerick and Cork move from Division 1B to a newly created eight team Division One.
But on Saturday a new proposal was put before the high powered meeting and this ‘innovative proposal’ was ‘considered to be more appropriate to the needs of hurling’, according to a GAA statement.
As a result any vote was deferred until all counties could return to discuss the new proposals with their respective clubs.
The next vote is likely to take place in mid-November.
The new proposal will still see Limerick return among the elite of league hurling.
In total, 12 teams would play in the new top tier with two groups of six teams.
Within each group would be a new grading system of A, B and C teams.
As well as playing the five teams in the group, counties would also play the two teams within their grading from the opposite group.
Therefore all teams would be guaranteed seven games and at least three games against opposition perceived to be of similar standing.