Páraic Duffy: ‘I think we have taken a good step forward’

Ard Stiúrthóir Páraic Duffy is encouraged that GAA delegates passed a motion to restructure the All Ireland Football Championship for a three year trial period.

Between 2018 and 2020 a Round Robin series will be introduced at the All Ireland Quarter Final phase.

The motion was passed receiving 76% of the vote, a move which ‘pleased’ the Ard Stiúrthóir. “It is a great vote, 66 and two thirds is a very high bar to reach,” he commented.

“I’m pleased, there has been a great debate within the Association for the past eight months about this.

“We have read a lot, we have talked a lot, discussed it a lot. I think it is a good democratic decision. We are trying something out, if it doesn’t work out, I’ll be the first to say to move on to something else. I think it is a sensible decision from the GAA, let’s see how it goes.”

Following a lengthy 40 minute debate delegates opted for change. “We have to try something, I think this is worth the experiment,” Duffy remarked.

“If we find after three years that it isn’t what we hoped it would deliver then we will try something else. That is how you improve, constantly trying to make things a bit better.”

The motions regarding the All Ireland Finals now being scheduled for August in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and extra-time being used in all knockout Championship matches except for Provincial and All Ireland Finals, will benefit club players according to Duffy.

“The voice of club players have been heard with the motions that have been passed, the motions in relation to extra-time and bringing forward our All Ireland Championships.

“This is a change for the next couple of years, we are trying something out. If there is a better way to be found in two or three years time I’d say let’s go for it. For the moment, I think we have taken a good step forward.”