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Brian Howard Says Pre-Season Status Wouldn't Diminish Leinster Championship

Brian Howard Says Pre-Season Status Wouldn't Diminish Leinster Championship
Gary Connaughton
By Gary Connaughton
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Tomorrow could be a landmark day for the GAA.

With Gaelic football championship structures having been a subject of debate for a number of years now, we could finally see some genuine change to the All-Ireland series.

A GAA special congress will see a vote taken on the format for the 2022 edition, with 'Proposal B' gaining some real momentum ahead of the vote.

Essentially, this proposal would see the championship linked to league standings, with teams who failed to win Division 3 or Division 4 taking part in a second tier competition.

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The GPA have come out in favour of this format, with a number of players also personally giving it their backing.


The main sticking point seems to be status of provincial competitions, which would now be treated as pre-season competitions and have no bearing on the All-Ireland series should this proposal be voted in. Unsurprisingly, it has faced some resistance from provincial councils as a result.

However, some believe those championships would still be taken very seriously regardless of when in the calendar they took place.

Speaking at the launch of Dublin's new away jersey, Brian Howard said the Leinster Championship would still be a hugely important competition even if it took place in the pre-season.


Ask any player and they'll tell you they prefer games to training sessions.

Any time you get to put on the jersey, regardless of the game, it's a huge honour to go out and represent Dublin. The more opportunities to put on that blue jersey, the better. It's a decision for other parties to make.

But for me, those competitive games, those away games, they're the games that you get really pumped up for, whether it's championship or league. There was a lot of speculation about the Super 8s when it came out, but I really enjoyed it.

I'm just going to let the relevant parties decide. Hopefully it works out for the better. Whichever is brought in A, B or stay the same, at the end of the day we're footballers and we want to play matches.

Regardless of when it's played, I still feel it will have the same value that the Leinster championship commands and deserves. It's never happened before, the championship being played in February, but the game is evolving, with new rules or whatever.

But any time Dublin play Meath, it will get the blood going, whether that's in the summer or the winter.

With Dublin having won 16 of the last 17 editions of the competition, the other counties in Leinster are likely to want to see some sort of change in the very near future.

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