now that this is passed it'll be forgotten about till June next year - but the way that it is going to work looks like this:
Each team will play
1 home match (croke park for us)
1 away match
1 match in croke park.
So we will have 1 away match.
in 2018, our group will be (assuming we win leinster):
Munster runner-up (or team that beats them in round four of the qualifiers)
Connacht runner-up (or team that beats them in round four of the qualifiers).
For the hell of it, lets call it -Dublin, Tyrone, Cork, Galway.
How is it decided which is our away game? Drawing lots? What happens if a leinster team is in there with us? If the Dublin/Tyrone game is in CP (lets face it, it will be for the money), then if the leinster team is there instead of Galway we have to go to Thurles to play Cork, or we have to go where(?) to play Galway.
The other thing is the knock on effect.
Super 8 will be played in August, but so will be all ireland finals. The only years coming up with 5 Sundays in August is 2020 and 2021, the others have 4.
So, assuming the last weekend of August is the football final sunday. The Hurling Final must be the week before. That means the Football semi finals must be the second weekend of August. It also means the Hurling Semi finals must be in the first weekend.
I cant see teams being happy with one week between the Super 8 and the semi finals, so the super 8 matches will have to actually be played in July.....
So thats three weeks of July taken care of. Luckily enough there are 5 sundays in July 2018 (but only 4 in 2019 and 2020).
Half of the super 8's must be from the qualifiers - which means that the beaten provincial finalists must play the last round. That should be the first week of July, as again teams may not want to go straight into the super 8 from a qualifier run.
But hold on!!
Whilst you cant have replays in any other games, you can have them in provincial finals - so you must make allowances for that. This pushes the provincial football finals way back to middle of June!
I'm not sure of any replays are allowed in the qualifiers (the GAA loves loopholes - the motion referred to "Championship"games but are the qualifiers outside of the championship?) but lets assume they're not.
With no replays you would still need three or four rounds to run off provincial championship and with a week between each round rest thats still well over a month so you are pushing some provincial championships right back to the start of May.
The league ends 9th April this year to allow more weeks for clubs. The leinster championship this year starts on the 21st May. The super 8 will eliminate this gap by three to four weeks. So there will be a month between League and Championship which is where we were a few years ago when everyone started to look for more time for the clubs.
So the club argument is out the window, there is no room for club games from the start of may till the end of August. There may be one extra round available in April. There will be more in September -but if the GAA plan to bring the All Ireland Club Finals back to December are put into place you are simply moving the congestion of October to September, and this whole exercise is paying lip service to the clubs yet again and in effect will result in full time intercounty players from February till August for at least 8 counties.