CLUB representatives are to meet with Mayo GAA chiefs this week to discuss restructuring of the Mayo GAA senior football leagues ahead of the County Convention on Sunday, December 10.
The Mayo News understands that clubs will be told on Thursday night’s meeting at MacHale Park, Castlebar that the Executive of the County Board have a preference for a proposal from Ballyhaunis GAA club.
The proposal, first revealed in The Mayo News two weeks ago, would see a change from the current format of 12 team divisions to 16 team divisions split into two groups of eight.
If successful, it will change the impact of many of the promotions and relegations from the 2017 season and, crucially, could solve a play-off headache at the foot of Division 1C for the CCC of the Mayo GAA Board.
All Mayo GAA clubs have been invited to send an officer and a manager or player to this week’s meeting and The Mayo News understands if the Ballyhaunis proposal receives the backing of the clubs on Thursday, it will go forward to be rubber stamped for the 2018 season at the upcoming Convention.
Its passing would relieve the County Board of a headache with relegation from Division 1C after Swinford successfully appealed to the Connacht Hearings Committee the decision of the Mayo Competitions Control Committee to dock them the points from their last league game against Bonniconlon.
Were the leagues to remain as they were, a four way play-off between Bonniconlon, Swinford, Louisburgh and Castlebar Mitchels B would be needed to see which two teams were relegated to Division 1D after all four teams finished on eight points and Mitchels B’s failure to travel to play their last game rendered scoring difference redundant.
Under the Ballyhaunis motion, all four teams would be in the new Division 3.
A DECENT PROPOSAL
BALLYHAUNIS GAA club are proposing that there will be a sixteen team division one, comprised of the 12 teams in Division 1A this year together with the top four teams in Division 1B. Division 2 would comprise the bottom eight teams in this year’s Division 1B and the top eight teams in Division 1C.
The bottom four teams in Division 1C – all currently embroiled in a relegation debacle – would be in Division 3 together with the next 11 placed teams in Division 1D and the top two teams in Division 1E to form a 17 team division (there were 13 teams in Division 1D this year).
Divisions 4 and 5 would follow on similarly.
These divisions would be split into two. The top four teams in each group would play off against each other in quarter-finals, winners into semi-finals and, subsequently, a league final. In Division 2, 3, 4 and 5, the two league finalists would be promoted.
If a team fails to make the quarter-finals, they go into relegation quarter finals. The losers would go into two semi-finals and the two semi-final losers would be relegated.