ONE of the longest-serving GAA directors believes the time is correct to dispense with league finals to permit extra time for the championships to be performed.
onnacht GAA secretary John Prenty feels the finals, largely mounted over the primary weekend in April, not get the respect they deserve.
He cited Mayo’s 15-point defeat to Kerry earlier this 12 months to again up his level, suggesting the time can be higher served being put into extending the championship timeframe or permitting for extra preparations.
Whereas Division 3 and 4 finals carry extra worth to contributors, Prenty sees promotion to the next division as adequate reward after a seven-match programme.
“Who’s desirous about successful it?” Prenty (pictured) requested. “For those who have a look at the best way Mayo handled their league closing. It’s too near taking part in the primary spherical of the championship. What number of leagues on this planet end up with that?
“It’s totally different in hurling perhaps. But it surely (eradicating it) provides you an additional week or 10 days’ preparation.”
Mayo did draw a lot satisfaction from successful the 2019 closing towards Kerry, as did Kerry once they beat Dublin in 2017, however in the end it didn’t improve their championship ambitions any extra later within the 12 months.
In his place as a provincial secretary, Prenty is a member of the GAA’s Central Competitors Controls Committee (CCCC) however stresses that his view on league finals is solely a private one.
That physique is because of meet within the coming month to evaluation how the brand new break up season went and what potential changes might be made as they adapt to a schedule that in soccer may have extra video games with the appearance of a qualifier round-robin and preliminary quarter-final.
“The league finals have been dropping their worth for a very long time and this 12 months’s one was typical. It’d even have value Mayo a first-round win in Connacht. They haven’t been given any respect so in case you don’t give them any respect why have them?”
Prenty feels that in precept the break up season has labored effectively and cited how, via his involvement with Ballyhaunis soccer groups, having all their gamers for almost all of their league video games has actually helped them.
“We used to have Keith Higgins on the senior soccer panel however we’d have numerous guys on the senior hurling panel and now now we have all of them for our league video games and it’s giving us higher preparation going into the membership championships in two weeks’ time.”
However he accepted the expanded programme of soccer video games in 2023 and it might be “tough to get it completed” within the present timeframe and ditching league finals might purchase some additional time.