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The last 6 in each Prov would still have 4 natural/home teams and two visitors.
Say, following a Donegal/ Tyrone Uls Rd 1 tie, the loser would need to win against an Uls rival in Rd 2 to enter the Prov QFs (but in Lein, could be v Dubs etc).
Yes, the Provs would have foreign visitors, but only the 4 Champs from, call them the Provincial Conferences, would advance to the AI SFs (like the good old days).
omahant (USA) - Posts: 1867 - 16/01/2021 03:10:03 2327677Link 0
The champions league format just gets touted in my opinion because it's a tidy way of running a competition with 32 teams.
I actually don't think it's a good format though for our 32 teams.
I do think it is better at least to have group stages at the start rather than the middle of the championship.
I don't agree though that league competitions take the edge out of championship. I think they can very much add an edge to it, if formatted correctly.
You look at how competitive the national leagues are. There's plenty to play for right to the end because of promotion and relegation. I don't see why a well constructed league competition couldn't make for as exciting a championship competition.
Let's take something like this:
Championship is 3 tiers of 12, 10, 10.
Provincial championships are played at the start of the season.
Provincial champions qualify for Championship 1.
Championship 1 is then made up of the 6 best other teams from the previous season's championship 1, plus the finalists of championship 2.
Championship 1 everyone plays each other once. Top 4 to semifinals. 5th and 6th are automatically qualified for the following season. 7th to 10th can qualify depending on which teams win the following season's provincial championships. If you'd a season like last year Cavan and Tipperary would have displaced the 9th and 10th placed teams.
11th and 12th can only qualify if they win their province the following season.
You've a competition there where every placing counts, there's going to be very few dead rubber games and there's more games between the top teams.
4 from 12 is a high bar to reach the playoffs.
A team like Tipperary after winning Munster would probably get more benefit in the long run by playing a league campaign against all the top teams rather than just an All Ireland semifinal. Yes it makes it less likely they ultimately win out but maybe it's better for a more long term sustained improvement.
The Provincial championships stay and are still connected to the All Ireland but don't have a big bearing on the fairness of the competition.
Whammo86 (Antrim) - Posts: 3193 - 16/01/2021 06:48:03 2327679Link 2
Privately whilst great for the romance of the championship the GAA wouldn't have been happy with Tipp and Cavan in the All Ireland semi final this year. It'll make them extra determined to press ahead with the second tier competition and post covid will return to something like the super 8's limiting the pitfalls for the biggest counties along the way.
Your proposals are sensible and excellent but I guess sensible doesn't come into it; a diluted provincial championship even being played earlier in the season with less of an impact and without the summer carvinal crowds threatens the existence of the Provincial councils so for me the new proposals:
National leagues the way they are..
Provincial championships in the summer followed by a reduced qualifying system
Second tier competition
Super 8's followed by knockout semi finals is the way the GAA will go post covid. It protects the provinces finances and opens the path to having the top 8 playing the latter stages.
It's about reducing the pitfalls for the top counties and protecting the current administration systems.
sam1884 (UK) - Posts: 738 - 16/01/2021 15:57:38 2327716Link 0
I really don't like the super 8s for instance.
I don't see why a tier 2 knockout competition is good for the weaker counties.
Whammo86 (Antrim) - Posts: 3193 - 16/01/2021 17:21:35 2327726Link 2
KillingFields (Limerick) - Posts: 1863 - 16/01/2021 18:31:53 2327737Link 0
Whammo86 (Antrim) - Posts: 3193 - 16/01/2021 20:00:04 2327752Link 2
Playing all competitions to completion before next starts is ridiculous
KillingFields (Limerick) - Posts: 1863 - 16/01/2021 20:30:42 2327756Link 0
The 5-team Muns hurling championship works better with 3 going through.
League based championship like you have it is best.
omahant (USA) - Posts: 1867 - 17/01/2021 07:18:00 2327776Link 0
The 1997 NHL was played alongside the championship that season.
Tipperary made the All Ireland final.
Between the semifinals and final they'd a NHL semifinal to play versus Galway where they played a reserve team and lost 1-14 to 0-6.
More recently in hurling the Ulster provincial championship was discontinued because it was interfering with the likes of Derry and Down's preparations for their All Ireland competition.
I just don't see what advantage there is to playing these competitions in parallel to the main competition other than you say it should be.
Yes other sports do it but other sports also experience the problem of teams not caring about their secondary competition.
The FA Cup in soccer is now an inconvenience to teams. If it can happen to the oldest cup competition in the world it can happen to any of our Provincial championships.
A lot of French teams don't even take the Champions Cup seriously in rugby as they consider the Top 14 to be there priority. The Pro 14 barely sees an international play an away game unless it is to help get them game time coming out of injury.
I just don't see what the point is in playing games where the participants don't really see them as being important.
Whammo86 (Antrim) - Posts: 3193 - 17/01/2021 08:08:23 2327777Link 2
It's really not the case though as you say in the Munster hurling championship or the National league competitions.
It's less likely to be the case that 1st placed best all the rest, 2nd placed beats all but 1st etc so come the last round there's plenty of teams squashed together.
If you could separate the provincials from the All Ireland a good structure for football would be 2 groups of 8, top in each to All Ireland semifinals. 2nd in each hosts 3rd in the other group in the quarterfinals.
3 teams get relegated. Last from each group plus the loser of a playoff between the 7th placed teams.
In the tier 2 championship.
Top 2 from each group to championship 2 semifinals. 1st hosting second.
Winning semifinalists get promotion, losing semifinalist go into the promotion playoffs.
3rd and 4th in each play promotion quarterfinals, 3rd hosts 4th.
Winners play losing championship semifinalists in promotion semifinals.
Promotion final between the winners for the 3rd and final promotion spot.
I think you get a lot of competitive fixtures in there, without the competition dragging out too long.
10 game weeks can be played mid April to mid July.
Provincial championships can open the season.
Whammo86 (Antrim) - Posts: 3193 - 17/01/2021 10:58:04 2327793Link 3
Imagine you have the national league and Dublin or Kerry have lost a championship game early on, in a shock, and then have to play a few league games. You can see how teams bounce back immediately which doesnt really happen now. It changes how teams approach the league as well.
Putting off provincial competitions to the start of season just means some counties will play very weakened sides and treat it as pre season while at least if you play it in between league/all ireland knockout(championship) teams can treat it differently based on their needs.
KillingFields (Limerick) - Posts: 1863 - 17/01/2021 19:02:58 2327842Link 0
I do admit they could go by the wayside and also then end up being like McKenna cups.
Whammo86 (Antrim) - Posts: 3193 - 17/01/2021 19:43:53 2327849Link 2
In Champp 2, crossover 3rds hosting 4ths in Promo SFs instead - winners join Champp 2 SF losers in 2 Promo Finals (played same day as Champp 2 Final) - 4 go up instead to replace both 7ths & 8ths in Champp 1.
Champp 1 KO as you have it.
For fixture variety each year (without a need for a draw) - all even placed teams (2nd, 4th, 6th, 8th) switch groups within the division the following year (odds stay put, in group A or B).
omahant (USA) - Posts: 1867 - 18/01/2021 03:11:38 2327871Link 0
Whammo86 (Antrim) - Posts: 3193 - 18/01/2021 11:28:36 2327894Link 1