Monday 18 November 2019

Club month needs rethink


Anthony Daly has echoed calls for a universal approach to club fixtures as the notion of a club-only month of April continues to cause consternation.

The Armagh senior football panel flew to Portugal for a warm weather training camp on Tuesday ahead of their Ulster SFC opener against Down on May 19, a clear contravention of rule 6.22 of the GAA's Official Guide.

They were found guilty of breaking that rule last year and along with Laois footballers and both the Wexford hurlers and footballer, were forced to concede home advantage for their first designated home game of 2019.

Daly, whose Kilmacud Crokes team played their second Dublin SHC round robin match against O'Tooles last night before what is expected to be almost a six-month break before playing their third match, said the situation is "very difficult" for club managers to figure out how best to approach the Championship.

"There's pros and cons," he reckoned.

"The boys are training but it's not the same. You can see it in Clare. They were playing county League last week and there was no atmosphere and fellas aren't even disappointed losing.

"But we need to look at the over all structure. It isn't just as simple as saying 'we do it this way and ye' do it this way',

"It needs a national look at the whole thing.

"You'd like to see an overall structure. Where everyone sits down."

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