A Statement on behalf of the Gaelic Players Association
Saturday, 17 June, 2017: At Central Council today, the GAA proposed a restructure of the All Ireland Hurling Championships for approval at GAA Special Congress.
Among the feedback which was outlined to Central Council was how players welcomed the discussion on change to the hurling championships overall. 70% of Liam McCarthy squads would be supportive of the new Championship Proposals. 50% of squads are not in favour of the current qualifier group structure as only one team can progress from this group.
The proposals do not have a majority support from squads participating in the Christy Ring, Nicky Rackard and Lory Meagher competitions with only 40% supportive of the structure. Squads have expressed concerns that the scheduling of the competitions is too condensed and does not do enough for the promotion or development of hurling in these counties. These squads have expressed a strong desire for a longer championship season and to have the opportunity for their games to be played before games in the Leinster or All Ireland Championships to enhance the profile of these games.
The GPA are satisfied that the player’s voice has been heard at Central Council and that the decision to proceed with bringing the proposed changes to a GAA Special Congress provides the opportunity for player input through a GPA motion suggesting amendment to the championship structure in line with the above.