The Club Player's Association are calling for the responsibility of structuring county club championships to be set at the top level of the GAA to ensure a level playing field for all teams.

The CPA welcomes the eleven week window designated to the club game to play out championships, but believe sanctions aren’t strong enough on county boards who decide to train before the agreed date.

Speaking on Midwest Radio’s Sunday Sport Show CPA Chairman Micheal Briody said that the inter-county training date should never have been brought forward to the 14th of September from October.

He argues that as a direct result of this some counties have put in abbreviated championships with the Wexford hurling final set for the end of August.

The CPA Chairman says the provision rewards counties with the shortest club championship at the expense of club players.

Mr Briody says that there ‘is no point in having a rule if you don’t have sanctions’ and wants county boards who breach the return date to training sanctioned accordingly as it is ‘akin to cheating’.

The association wants player welfare to be considered in the structure of county championships so that club players are not overplayed.

The CPA Chief stated that county boards have two responsibilities; to establish a programme of games and to send out inter-county teams that have the best chance of being successful.

He argues that the two responsibilities aren’t mutually exclusive.

The CPA also wants the fixtures for clubs competitions to be governed centrally by Croke Park, so that there is to be order and fairness across competitions.

Mr Briody says that the GAA has gone against changes suggested in a 2015 report about on player welfare and fixtures by implementing the Super 8’s, the round robin in hurling and the Tailteann Cup.

He also expressed concern that county boards and clubs were being suffocated by fundraising to keep county and club teams running for ‘an unnecessary amount of time’.



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