GAA competitions: change on the way?

  There could be wide-ranging changes to the way the local football leagues and championships are organised for 2008. A special meeting of Roscommon GAA County Board will take place next Wednesday night (8 pm) to discuss the whole area of fixtures in the county and what attitude the county’s delegates will take at the Special Congress (which is on the 26 th January).   In the case of the league there is a proposal that just the top two teams play in the O’ Rourke Cup and O’Gara Cup finals, thus   eliminating any semi-finals. Play-offs have been abolished in the GAA from 2008 so the senior and intermediate football championships are likely to be changed and it is thought that the proposals will be that there will be two groups of six in each championship.   There is also a proposal to run off the junior football championship on an all-county basis and not the North/South divide as heretofore. If the proposals are accepted then senior, intermediate and junior football championships will all be played on the same format.   Clubs will decide on the night and on the proposals that are before the Special Congress which is also concerned with fixtures.