GAA Leitrim County Board Convention

Winds of change may be blowing

John Connolly


John Connolly

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The winds of changes that have swept through Leitrim football in recent years may be about to blow again at next Monday's Leitrim GAA County Board Convention.

With a radical new format for this year's Senior and Intermediate Championships and a complete revamp of underage football structures in the county, Leitrim GAA has been transformed in the last year in particular.

The winds of change are starting to blow and  if some motions  about  League structures find favour with delegates, the long needed revamp of the championship structures won't be too far away.

Although motions on competition structures won't be discussed until a meeting of the County Board on Wednesday, December 13, the debate perhaps most  likely to generate friction  will  come from motions from the County Committee, Ballinamore Sean O'Heslin's and St. Patrick's Dromahair around the grading and eligibility of players in the Leagues and Championships are all  the Clar.

Given all the controversy over availability of county players for clubs, a County committee motion asking that two rounds of the League be played exclusively without county players could also generate a lot of debate but it would also mean the vast majority of players getting games at the best time of the year.

A County committee motion to reduce the number of teams in the various Divisions in the League from 12 to 10 at the end of the 2018 season and the scraping of the Shield competition and an Aughawillan motion  suggesting a return to the old championship system of three groups of four  will be debated on the Wednesday.

The Leitrim GAA County Board Convention starts at 7.30 pm in the Bush Hotel, Carrick-on-Shannon  next Monday, December 11.