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Time to think outside the box regarding the GAA football season


1. Ban on senior intercounty collective training for December and January.

2. Sigerson cup in January and Feb

3. Two tier provincial championships in Feb/March with finals on St Patrick's day
Connacht B - Sligo, London, Leitrim, NY
Ulster B - Fermanagh, Antrim, Cavan, Down, Donegal, Armagh, Monaghan, Tyrone
Munster B - Waterford, Tipperary, Clare, Limerick
Leinster B - Wexford, Wicklow, Carlow, Offaly, Longford, Westmeath, Meath, Louth

4. Provincial Semi and finals in March & April with finals on Easter weekend
- Connacht - Mayo, Roscommon, Galway & B winners
- Ulster - Derry, top 3 from B
- Leinster - Dublin, Kildare and B finalists
- Munster - Kerry, Cork and B finalists

5. Start league in April (div 3&4 same weekend as provincial finals) and have league final on June bank holiday - modify structure to reduce to 5 matches per county over 8 weeks

6. Start tailteann cup on June bank holiday and Sam Maguire the week after - matches every two weeks and all Ireland final on last weekend of August
6. Start club football championship in August, 2 weeks after your county exits the Sam Maguire/tailteann cup
7. Start Club provincial championship in September, seeded based on counties exit date from Intercounty championship like the below
Leinster Club draw
# B Championship
- Round 1 - Killkenny v Wicklow (1st weekend in September)
- B q finals - Laois, Carlow, Wexford, Longford, 1 from prelim, Westmeath, Louth, Offaly (2nd weekend in September)
- B semi - 4 from above (3rd weekend in September)
- Leinster B final (2 from above) (4th weekend in September)
# A Championship
Semi finals, Meath v B winner, Dublin, Kildare (2nd weekend in October)
Final Dublin v semi finals winner (October bank holiday weekend)

So based the the above
The best player on the best club team in Wicklows season would be

1. February - pre season training
2. March - provincial B Championship
3. April & May - div 4 league
4. June - tailteann cup
5. July & August - Club championship
6. September & October - provincial club championship

The equivalent in Kerry would be
1. March - pre season training
2. April - Munster championship & national league
3. May - national league
4. June & july - Sam Maguire
5. August - Club championship
5. September - County championship
6. October - provincial club championship
7. November - all Ireland club championship

tirawleybaron (Mayo) - Posts: 1091 - 28/07/2023 04:28:46    2497384

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