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Some Huge Changes Were Made To The GAA At Friday's Congress

Some Huge Changes Were Made To The GAA At Friday's Congress
By Gavin Cooney Updated

The GAA's annual Congress is being held in Carlow this weekend, and the delegates have approved some major changes on its first night.

The Under-21 All-Ireland Championship has been abolished, and will be replaced with an Under-20 Developmental Football Championship from 2018, a motion endorsed by former GAA president Liam O'Neill, Director-General Pauric Duffy and Jarlath Burns. The main crux of the argument for the change was that it would help avoid player burnout.

The motion exceeded the  two-thirds majority needed to come into force:

In order to reduce the number of games, any draws after extra-time at the new Under-20 grade will be settled by a sudden death free-kick competition, which sounds like it will be fun.

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In a similar move, the minor grade will be changed from Under-18 to Under-17 grade, to avoid player burnout along with reducing the amount of players ignoring their Leaving Cert in favour of a Minor Championship.

Elsewhere, the GAA's 'B' Championship proposal (that Division 4 sides would not be permitted in the All Ireland Qualifiers and instead compete among themselves for a cup similar to what Joe Brolly condemned as the 'Tommy Cooper Cup') was withdrawn before going to a vote as none of the relevant counties supported it, Tokyo Sexwale style.

See Also: Candidate Cake: Shane Curran On Campaigning, The General Election And The 'Disgraceful' Government

 

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