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No Change To Senior Hurling Championship Format For 2017

Thursday, 15 December 2016

DESPITE the strongly felt opinion held by the majority of senior clubs in North Tipperary, there will be no change to the running of the North and county senior hurling championships for 2017.

That was the outcome of the County Board meeting held in Thurles Sarsfield Sports Centre last Tuesday night.

Toomevara were one of the clubs who strenuously objected to the format of the 2016 County and North championships and they proposed a motion seeking the North championship increase from four rounds to five.

Jackie Meagher spoke on behalf of the club and despite receiving support from Mark McLoughlin Roscrea; Maurice Leamy Silvermines and Sean Creamer, Portroe, the Tipperary County Board chairman Michael Burke denied them the chance saying that the present format passed in November 2015 for the 2016 campaign was a two year format and could not be changed.

That motion passed on November 2015 proposed the teams that finished in the top two of each of the four Roinn 1 groups plus the team that finished first in each of the four groups in Roinn 2 would make the top twelve of the county senior hurling championship. In addition, teams that finished outside of the top twelve but won a divisional championship would also enter the race for the Dan Breen.

The motion also proposed that that the teams that finished in the top three in each of the four groups in Roinn 1 would be joined by the team that finished first in each of the four groups out of Roinn 2 and as a result sixteen teams would be automatic in entering race for the Dan Breen leaving the remainder of the teams to compete for the Seamus O'Riain Cup. However if the team taking part in the O'Riain Cup goes on to win a divisional final they would gain access to the Dan Breen.

As a result strong teams like Toomevara, Templederry and Nenagh Eire Og will need to win the North championship - a straight knockout competition - for 2017 if they are to have any hopes of bringing home the Dan Breen.

In other news, Clonmel Commercials moved motions to have all grades in Gaelic Football run on a round robin system leaving the divisional championships to run on its own merits. However each motion was unanimously beaten so divisional championships remain.

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