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Laois GAA Fixture Review Committee proposes changing hurling championships to old format

The new fixtures for the hurling championships are here

Less than a year after Laois GAA introduced a new format for the Senior and Senior A hurling championships – the Fixture Review Committee is calling for it to be reversed.

Back in January, clubs voted on a joint proposal from Clough-Ballacolla and Rathdowney-Errill which saw the introduction of a group stage in both Senior and Senior A.

Teams were split into two groups of four with the top team qualifying straight for the semi final while the second and third placed teams headed for the quarter finals.

That meant that the bottom team in each of the groups headed for the relegation final.

It ensured that all teams had a minimum of four championship matches but the Fixture Review Committee have cited concerns about how competitive these games are.

In the Senior, champions Camross lost their first game but were able to recover to go on and win the championship.

While in the Senior A, Portlaoise lost to Rosenallis and Clonaslee but a win over Trumera got them through to the quarter final where they ultimately went on to win the competition and have since reached the Leinster final.

And now the Fixture Review Committee is recommending that the championships revert to the 2017 format.

That means a return to have no groups but a back-door system that allows Round 1 losers a second chance to come back into the championship.

However, it would reduce the minimum number of games per team from 4 to 3.

They say: “The committee would ask that Laois CCC examine the continued championship structure at Senior and Senior A level in hurling.

“They would recommend that a return to the 2017 championship format be given consideration, in order to provide a more balanced and competitive championship.”

The group are not proposing any change to the current senior football championship.

SEE ALSO – Laois GAA Fixture Review Committee proposes radical changes for ‘Gaels teams’

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.