Such a waste of time. It’s representation for the sake of representation.
The only way the club player will get the schedule he deserves is if the overwhelming majority of clubs - not the county boards, not the central council - are fully behind making it happen.
Clubs need to get their shop in order and agree to, at a minimum:
- Reduce the size of leagues to a practical number of fixtures, even if it means accepting a season or two in a lower league (than expected) from time to time.
- Fulfil their fixtures on time, with the season broken into blocks in which apportioned games cannot take place afterwards…. even if it means playing twice a week at certain times of year.
- Commit to playing a sensible number of league fixtures without county players
- Get behind their county team if they make it to August, and accept that if this might mean a club championship without county players, then so be it. We don’t have to try to eat every pie every year.
Or in summary, in my experience, the majority of clubs will do anything they can to call off a game. That’s the attitude shift that’s required. A player’s union can do feck all to address it.
That's the greatest load of shit I have ever read on here. The GAA needs to realise without clubs there will be nothing. It's the intercoubty season that needs to be shortened and its the intercounty manager that needs to accept that players must be available for clubs. What you are proposing there would kill the GAA grassroots stone dead.
I think the cpa is a great idea. A small minority's of elite players are the only spokesmen for all players. Time for the silent majority to be heard.
You've unwittingly opened the window on the problem here chief.
"The silent majority". Who are they? Club players have been banging on loudly about their maltreatment for the last 30 years.
But instead of trying to find solutions, they (and their clubs) just keep digging their heels in further and further. It's horrendous whataboutery on a DUP scale.
Well, what about this... some compromise? What about, instead of harping on about mistreatment, trying to find logical, practical ways to ensure that as much football is played over the 6 warmer months as possible? What about, just for a couple of months a year- when it's going at full tilt - not emotionally bullying elite players into playing club matches when they have earned the right to compete at a higher level?
You're absolutely right to promote the importance of clubs. But if you believe that the GAA can compete for the hearts and minds of young people without the shop window, the glory, the elite sporting opportunity, or the revenue that the county game generates, then you've lost the plot.
Stop looking upon the County game as competition, and start looking upon it as the pinnacle of our sport. Wish your club mates well when they're good enough to play at that level, and look forward to seeing them when they've got the time and focus to give to your club. Treat them as a bonus, not a right.
Do that and the club scene can actually thrive. Kee pretending that somehow you can can divide a human being in two, and we will keep going around in circles forever.
Is this really that hard to understand?