Pro­pos­als to change for­mat of cham­pi­onships back on ta­ble

Mid Louth Independent - - SPORT -

RAD­I­CAL new pro­pos­als to change the for­mat of the club cham­pi­onships are back on the ta­ble for dis­cus­sion prior to the start of the 2019 Meath club sea­son.

Some of the pro­pos­als are sim­i­lar to those put for­ward by the Com­pe­ti­tions Re­view Com­mit­tee in re­cent years. Three years ago a num­ber of the pro­pos­als were passed but sub­se­quently re­jected by clubs after they were re­vis­ited at a later meet­ing.

Then 11 months ago clubs were given fur­ther time to con­sider whether to im­ple­ment changes put for­ward jointly by the Dun­boyne and St Brigid’s clubs.

How­ever the pro­pos­als were firmly re­jected at a spe­cial gath­er­ing two weeks later.

The lat­est pro­pos­als put for­ward to change the cham­pi­onship struc­tures are con­tained in reg­u­la­tions which will be dis­cussed and voted upon at the first county com­mit­tee meet­ing in 2019.

If pro­pos­als to change the se­nior and in­ter­me­di­ate foot­ball cham­pi­onships are passed then three teams from the se­nior cham­pi­onship will be rel­e­gated to in­ter­me­di­ate ranks.

Teams that fin­ish fifth and sixth in each of the three groups in the SFC will play one rel­e­ga­tion match and the losers of the three games will be rel­e­gated.

There is also a pro­posal that there be no rel­e­ga­tion from the IFC at the end of the 2019 sea­son and that two teams (1st teams) be pro­moted from ju­nior ranks to bring the grade up to 20 teams.

Sec­ond teams com­pet­ing in the IFC would be re­graded for 2020 to a new Premier A Club Foot­ball Cham­pi­onship.

All first team clubs com­pet­ing in Ju­nior B Foot­ball Cham­pi­onship 2019 shall be graded up to Ju­nior Foot­ball Cham­pi­onship 2020, un­less they ap­ply to be re­graded to the new Premier Club Foot­ball Com­pe­ti­tion.

There is also a pro­posal for a Dis­trict Se­nior Foot­ball Cham­pi­onship from 2020 on. It shall con­tain at least eight in­de­pen­dent teams from clubs in the in­ter­me­di­ate and ju­nior cham­pi­onships and will com­mence after the in­ter­me­di­ate and ju­nior fi­nals are com­pleted.

It is also pro­posed that the Feis Cup, Corn na Boinne and Tail­teann Cup com­pe­ti­tions are played as a pre­sea­son com­pe­ti­tion in groups of four or less.

The Dun­shaugh­lin club are propos­ing that the home team shall pro­vide three balls for all home games in League, Feis Cup, Corn na Bóinne, Tail­teann Cup and Bren­dan Davis Cup matches.

In all other games each team shall pro­vide at least one ball. The County Com­mit­tee shall sup­ply same in cham­pi­onship fi­nals. The ball shall be pre­sented to the cap­tain of the win­ning team.

Eight club of­fi­cials shall be ad­mit­ted to the side­line where their club is en­gaged in Cham­pi­onship, League, Feis Cup, Corn na Bóinne, Tail­teann Cup and Bren­dan Davis Cup matches.

Don­agh­more/Ash­bourne are propos­ing that the rate for ref­er­ees ex­penses shall be re­viewed by the Meath CCC and Meath fi­nance com­mit­tee each year and that the pro­pos­als be for­warded to man­age­ment and rat­i­fied by the county com­mit­tee at the start of each year.

The Meath squad and their man­age­ment team that won the Le­in­ster MFC in 2018 at their pre­sen­ta­tion night in Na­van O’Ma­ho­nys. Back row, from left, Adam Tre­anor, Kil­lian Ho­gan, Brian McCor­mack, Dar­ragh Swaine, Adam Bar­rett, Sean Bren­nan, Joseph Moore, Cian McBride, Niall Ben­nett, David Carr, Brian O’Han­lon; Cen­tre: Sean Cof­fey, Oisin McCloskey, David Bell, Kil­lian Price, Luke Mitchell, Sean Mar­tyn, Cil­lian He­garty, Eoin Grif­fin, Colin Haw­don, Conor Har­ford, Luke Newe, Conor Far­relly, Cathal Hickey, Harry O’Hig­gins; Front: Paul Mur­phy (Se­lec­tor), Luke Kelly, Adam Bar­rett, James O’Hare, Owen Ganly (Se­lec­tor), Joe Tre­anor (Man­ager), Matthew Costello (Capt), Paddy Gilse­nan (Se­lec­tor), Conor Hether­ton, Adam Kelly, Jack Dardis and Paul Nestor (Se­lec­tor).

The St Pa­tri­cik’s team who were pipped by neigh­bours St Colm­cille’s in the Meath Un­der-13 Di­vi­sion 1 Fi­nal. The Sta­mullen girls also came sec­ond to Foxrock/Cabin­teely in the re­cent St Pa­trick’s Un­der-13 LGFA Foot­ball Blitz.

Se­neschal­stown’s Cathal Hickey re­ceives his Le­in­ster MFC medal from se­nior man­ager Andy McEn­tee at the un­der­age pre­sen­ta­tion night in Na­van O’Ma­ho­nys.

St Pa­trick’s duo Robyn O’Byrne and Tori Fos­ter Car­roll have earned Meath call-ups.

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