Wexford says 'no'
Published 23/02/2016 | 00:00
Wexford G.A.A. Board has rejected the floating of a proposal for a Senior football 'B' championship.
Club delegates discussed the motion which will come before this weekend's All-Ireland Congress to be held in Carlow.
The introduction of an All-Ireland 'B' championship would mean Division 4 teams would be denied access to the All-Ireland qualifiers (unless they reach a provincial final) and would participate in an eight-team 'B' championship. The prize for the winners would be access to the qualifiers the following season.
The matter brought little debate once put to the meeting by County Chairman, Diarmuid Devereux, who informed delegates that team manager, David Power, was against the proposal.
Given the reaction of counties that could be involved, with the support of Division 3 counties who could very well fall into the net if relegated, the chances of the motion passing are slim.
Wexford, however, are in support of the dropping the age of eligibility for the Minor grade from 18 to 17 (it would remain at 18 at club level). If carried it would come into effect from January, 2018.
This would address the crossover with the Leaving Certificate and the Minor championship. A similar proposal to replace the Under-21 championship with an Under-20 championship for football only is on the table, and Under-20 players on Senior team championship lists could not play with Under-20 team.
Wexford by a good majority decided to support the change in Minor age format but voted against any change for Under-21 football.
The moving of the dates of the All-Ireland finals garnered the support of the club delegates.
The suggestion is for the football final to take place on the first Sunday in September with the hurling final taking place two weeks earlier.
This move has the full backing of Croke Park leadership as club delegates were informed that should it be passed it would lead the way towards an eventual full calendar year programme, while it would also free up more time for club championships.
However, for successful counties who advance in provincial championships, it could possibly lead to less club games through July and August to meet inter-county team managers' demands.
Surprisingly, club delegates decided to support motions for the abolition of both the Intermediate hurling championship and Junior football championship.
Wexford decided against supporting that all televised championship games are shown on free-to-air TV, leading to no more Sky coverage.
However, once club delegates were informed that the passing of the motion would reduce the competitiveness of the Association in negotations, thereby possibly reducing their financial return, Wexford decided to vote against the motion.
Wexford also decided to vote against the widening of the authority of the usage of G.A.A. grounds for other sports.
On the question of an open draw in the opening round of the qualifiers, Wexford will offer its support on the day. Currently the three Munster participants cannot be drawn to meet each other.