Monday 18 December 2017

Dublin SFC is 'too big and unwieldy'

Jack McCaffrey
Jack McCaffrey

There are "a few too many" clubs competing for Dublin SFC glory, reckons Jack McCaffrey.

The wing-back dynamo has suggested a revamp to reduce the current number of 32. "I think it's a bit too big and unwieldy," he said, "and probably should be looked at (being) changed."

McCaffrey is obviously speaking to the converted, judging from a Twitter poll conducted by DubMatchTracker after last month's Dublin SFC first-round matches. This cited the average winning margin of 10.75 points, and the fact the season is over for some teams in April, and asked is it time for change? Some 89pc of the 1,177 respondents agreed.

McCaffrey - whose recent hamstring injury meant he didn't feature for Clontarf as they crashed out to Thomas Davis - queried the straight knock-out format favoured by Dublin.

"In other counties there are round-robins, even in the hurling here," he pointed out.

"I suppose there are some attractions to these first-round knock-out ties, pure championship football. It's finished for Clontarf, unfortunately. It is a bit mad that there's a long wait for club players for games."

Meanwhile, Tadhg Kennelly has saluted Mark O'Connor's seamless transition to Aussie Rules after his fellow Kerryman, 20, was drafted into the Geelong senior squad to face Essendon after only four games in the second-tier Victorian League.

"Everything around him looks like it's going in slow motion," Kennelly told foxfooty.com.au. "He's very calm and that's what separated him in the under-18s in Ireland ... he's got a long way to go, but he's making blokes like us look very poor."

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