Its up now
Looking like Maurs will be a bit ahead of the rest in this, have hammerred last years winners and runners up in tge first 2 league games
Previously this championship didn’t really get interesting until July and that’s only if the games aren’t dead rubbers. Quarter finals is when it gets interesting. However with the way group one is stacked I can see one of the favourites not making it out of the group.
Maurs have had a fantastic start to the league but another month before this championship starts so a lot can happen in that time
Getting way ahead here but we can assume that if Intercounty championships go to straight knockout that club will follow suite. Senior A has 16 teams which is perfect, but Senior B, Inter, Junior A etc have 12 teams which leads to an awkward set up if it goes knockout. Any ideas how they can set up with just 12 teams or would it be an idea to change the championships to make 16 in each? Can that be done after the draws for competitions have been made?
I recall a few years back when the championship round robins could not be completed two losing semi finalists from previous years championships were put straight into the quarter finals but i cannot remember how many teams were in each championship.
Again self isolation has the brain acting in strange ways hence the shite talk
In this instance Crokes and Isles wasnt ut besten in the semis last year, so say they go to the quarters…Would they be happy for an opponent to have had a championship game under thete belt before plsying them??
Its an awkward one. Cant see groups being playable. Cant see potential winners of junior put up inter to make up the numbers…
Maybe 6 games 6 winners and 2 best losers (score difference) into quarters
4 preliminary games to knock out 4 teams leaving 8 then 4 quarterfinals
Then comes the problem of who plays the prelims and who goes through to the quarters
No problem, scratch the previous draws, put the names in a hat and draw again. First 8 out play in preliminary rounds.
Yes but why would the 4 not drawn in the prelim be happy that the opponent in the quarters have a full blooded game under there belt before the quarters after months without a game tgats a big advantage to the team with the prelim game under the belt …the prelim is the obvious thing but very unfair on the 4 with a bye in my view anyway
maybe 6 - 1st round matches , 6 v 6
the winners play for the championship proper then 2 get bye to the semi 2 qfs
the 6 losers in the 1st round play off in a similar fasion for a ,shield competition - maybe call the competitions after the old hurling cups & award the old hurling cups to the winner i.e. corn fogarty, ,millar shield etc
Could change it to 4 groups of 3 rather than 2 groups of 6.
Each team gets a game home and away. Play the group games in one week - maybe Monday night, Thursday night and Sunday. Obviously depends on floodlights.
Either (I) top 2 into quarter final or (II) top team straight to semi final.
If the League is scraped and Inter-County is trimmed or knock out and Dublin Hurlers out early I could see a situation where maybe a full compressed Championship could be run of
Plenty of ifs but let’s see