GAA officials vote against league restructure

Jerome O’Connell

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Jerome O’Connell

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GAA officials voted against changing the Allianz Hurling League.

GAA officials voted against changing the Allianz Hurling League.

Last weekend’s Central Council meeting surprised many when a vote was taken on proposals for the 2017 league.

It was understood that a number of new proposals were to be discussed at the meeting but delegates were then informed that a decision was to be made.

The GAA’s Central Competitions Control Committee (CCCC) were in favour of the status quo remaining and when the management committee voted en-bloc they swayed the vote.

All counties had been encouraged to submit new structure for change and Limerick had a proposal before the meeting.

The changed structures preferred by Limerick would have seen a top flight of 14 teams - split into two groups of seven.

On completion of the six group games of the league the top team in each group would qualify for a home semi-final.

The second placed team in Group 1 would play team third in group 2 and vice versa for the other quarter final - the second placed teams would have home advantage in the quarter finals. The bottom team in each group would be relegated to Division 2 into their respective groups.

Cork favoured an eight team top flight, while Kilkenny a seven team Division One.

But the current format of a six team Division 1A and a six team Division will now continue for at least 2016 and 2017. Next spring Limerick will be grouped with Clare, Wexford, Offaly, Laois and Kerry in Division 1A.

It will be the sixth successive season outside of the top tier for Limerick.