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Why not league and championship.
So a reasonably simple format with a 2 tiered competition and keeping the Provincial championship is.
2 Groups of 8, single round robin. Top 2 from each group into All Ireland series.
Bottom 2 in each group relegated.
2 Groups of 8, single round robin (possibly split geographically to save costs). Some sort of Promotion playoff. Maybe involving 3 teams from each section.
Semi finalists promoted
Provincial championships straight knockout as of now. 4 winners also qualify for All Ireland series.
All Ireland series:
Any team qualifying through league and championship gets a bye to the semifinals.
The teams to have qualified through one of the routes playoff for the remaining places.
Weaker counties retain the big day out of the Provincial championship and retain the dream of Sam Maguire but also get more competitive games at their level.
The division 1 being part of championship would raise its profile hugely.
A county will play a maximum of 14 weekends to win Sam. 7 league, max 4 Provincial, max 3 All Ireland series.
Tighter but better season, with more meaningful games.
I like the league but at the end of the day it is still a little bit of shadow boxing.
Whammo86 (Antrim) - Posts: 2250 - 01/02/2018 21:27:49 2073239Link 1 0
I like that - with your regional Div 2 option.
omahant (USA) - Posts: 1429 - 05/02/2018 04:52:33 2074139Link 0 1
Maybe I didn't understand this 1st time - you have max 8 teams to AI KO (none from Div 2) ?
omahant (USA) - Posts: 1429 - 06/02/2018 00:44:24 2074483Link 0 1
omahant (USA) - Posts: 1429 - 07/02/2018 02:17:13 2074717Link 0 1