County Championship Review 2017
The Committee, under Eamonn Whelan, set up to review certain aspects of the Senior Football Championship will present their findings (below) to the County Committee on Monday night next.
Terms of Reference of the Committee was to examine the following;
- Timing of the championship
- Format of the championship
- Viability of some District Teams if their stronger clubs go Senior
- The preliminary round
The committee are in favour of running the championship in block. With the All-Ireland final earlier going forward it is considered to run the Club championships together prior to the summer and run the County Championship after Kerry exit the All-Ireland.
The committee is in favour of continuing with the existing format i.e. Christy Ring Cup format. The committee are in favour of playing extra-extra time of 5 minutes per half in the first round in an effort to improve the likelihood of getting a result on the day.
Viability of some District Teams if stronger clubs go Senior;
The committee recommends that if a Divisional/District team is reduced to three clubs or less following the promotion of one of its clubs to Senior that at least one of the remaining teams would have to be playing at Intermediate or playing in Division 1 or 2 of the County League in order for them to continue to participate as a team in the County Championship.
If this criterion could not be met the remaining teams would join with a neighbouring Divisional/District team. It would fall to the C.C.C. to liaise with the teams concerned and recommend where they play for County Championship purposes.
Upon re-entry to the championship the performance of the district/divisional team over their last five years of playing in either the championship proper or the preliminary round would be used to determine if they enter the preliminary round or the first round proper.
If and when there is a preliminary round the committee recommends that it would be the bottom two performing teams over the five year period that make up the preliminary round rather than the loser of the round being automatically in the preliminary round for the following year. If and when there is a preliminary round the committee recommends that the C.C.C. meet with representatives of both teams involved to discuss suitable dates for playing it. Following which the CCC will confirm date & venue.