'Club players need fair treatment, if you represent your division or college you get to play in two championships...'

'Club players need fair treatment, if you represent your division or college you get to play in two championships...'
Delegates at convention this weekend. Picture: Jim Coughlan

WHILE there had been much attention given to the various motions ahead of convention, in the end, none of the votes were close.

Glen Rovers had two motions on the clár, one seeking to prevent divisional sides from entering the senior championships and the other which would stop senior players from other counties playing with college sides, but neither was successful.

Jude O’Callaghan, Glen secretary, laid out why his club had brought the divisions motion.

“This motion is not being put forward to in any way undermine the tremendous work being done by divisional committees all over this great county of ours,” he said.

“They are, perhaps, the strongest to compete in the championship in recent years. Divisions are not subject to relegation. They are not even subject to a penalty if they decide not to enter a team in the hurling or football. We have to move with the times.

“When the decision was taken to enter teams in the senior championships, many small villages are now a lot bigger. Many small towns have a lot more in common with suburban centres. Towns likes Youghal, Mallow, Ballincollig and Carrigaline have great centres of population and this, have greater picks than many of the established senior clubs.

“This is a recent development over the past 25 years or so, but we need to be able to respond to the way we structure our championships when we see these realities manifest themselves. This is not a knee-jerk reaction to the success enjoyed recently by one division in doing back-to-back.

“The purpose of our motion is simple. We just want to level the playing field for club players. The club player has the option of playing in one championship. Those representing divisions have the luxury of playing in two championships. Is this fair? Surely, this must be addressed. 

"The Cork senior hurling and football championship must be for clubs because it is only clubs who are allowed represent the county in Munster and All-Ireland club competitions.”

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