Limerick to vote in favour of new All Ireland SFC proposals

Limerick to vote in favour of new All Ireland SFC proposals

LIMERICK GAA officials have confirmed that Limerick will vote in favour of Paraic Duffy’s proposed changes to the All-Ireland football championship.

The proposed change would see the All-Ireland quarter-finals replaced with a group phase ‘Super Eight’ to determine the semi-finalists.

“The major change is that you would be at the quarter-final stage, you would have a round-robin competition with two groups of four. There would be three games - one game in Croke Park, and one at a home venue for each team,” explained Limerick Football Board chairman John Cregan at Limerick’s February County Board meeting.

There will also be a change to the qualifiers - with so-called ‘weaker counties’ guaranteed home advantage in the early rounds.

“Another benefit that I would see is for weaker counties it’s that you would get home advantage for rounds one, two and three of the qualifiers - the weaker county would get home advantage. In the last couple of years, we have found ourselves travelling to Tyrone and Sligo, to play teams that were stronger than ourselves - that (change) would be a benefit to us,” said Cregan at the meeting in Claughaun.

He added: ”With regard to the round robin competition, it has been proposed that the additional revenue would be brought back to the weaker counties to promote the development of under-age football in those counties.”

“We (Football Board) have discussed this matter on a number of occasions, and i think it is fair to say, people had a open mind on how we should proceed, but having studied them, and particularly with the review after a three-year period, I would be recommending that Limerick would support this.

And, support the new #Super 8’ Limerick did, without any major debate.