The Independant yesterday gave a mock up of how the championship will work out next year and it wasn’t far off my post regarding dates (although they did have the leinster and ulster prelim rounds last week of April!)
there is no guidance i can find on what happens if teams finish level on points in the super 8 - and it can happen that they can be the same if there is no scoring difference and they have drawn their match - so i guess it would be down to drawing lots.
I see that the long running argument of “more club activitity during the summer” has now morphed into “theres going to be loads more club activity in September!” which isnt an argument which stacks up for a few reasons like:
There was never anything stopping club championship activity to a final in September for almost 30 counties anyway.
If the All Ireland Club Final is in December you will have the exact same, if not a worse situation than you have now.
As for the lesser counties, well, the message appears to be “F@@k 'em”
Say you lose your prelin match end of April. With no replays you tog out for Qualifier round 1 start of May and you lose. Your championship summer is over before the leaves are out on all the trees. I’ve seen snow in the second week of May FFS but by then you could have a dozen counties out of the football championship full stop. Ok, most of them dont see July under the current set up yet they still have club finals in October, now they go out 6 weeks earlier and have their club finals four weeks earlier, big deal. Meanwhile the biggest counties get extra matches.
The other thing is when you look at that chart yesterday the amount of hurling is tiny, it sticks out as the poor relation and by christ it looks like getting poorer.
It’s gas, the one part of the football championship which didnt need fixing has been altered - the QF of the Hurling needs a super 8 and doesnt get one… madness.