Players react with fury as Congress pass ‘Super 8’ motion
‘So out of touch, just shows championship isn’t only structural issue within the GAA’
GAA Congress have voted in favour of the ‘Super 8’. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho
The GAA Congress this morning passed the motion to replace the All-Ireland SFC quarter-finals with a ‘Super 8’ round-robin format - despite both the club and county player bodies being overwhelmingly against the motion.
Nevertheless every GAA player in the country had a combined vote of one, and the motion passed with ease - 76 per cent in favour, with only two speakers addressing the floor in opposition .
The news however has not gone down well with the players. With Clare dual player Podge Collins leading the cast of current and former inter county players who have been venting their fury on social media (not to mention the club players).
“Super 8 is in!What a load of sh**e...More games to delay club champs, more money for GAA, would they not just do a Super 32 altogether”, the 2013 hurling All Star tweeted.
“Ridiculous... disappointing... farcical” - Here’s some of the rest of the player twitter reaction:
Players club & county don't agree but who gives a fuck about them. It generates more 💰 & who cares about developing weaker counties.— Podge Collins (@PodgeCollins) February 25, 2017
The huge talk last few years is player burnout and yet they condense the championship meaning less time for rest and recovery #PlayersRights— AussieGleeson (@AussieGleeson) February 25, 2017
The level of disrespect shown to both club and county GAA players today is staggering. #Congress2017— Eamon Mc Gee (@EamonMcGee) February 25, 2017
RIP club football #congress— Joe McMahon (@Bigjoemc) February 25, 2017
-"Any interest in a #Super8 competition lads?"— Alan Cronin (@AlanCroninjnr) February 25, 2017
-"Ah no, wouldn't be great for the game to be honest"
-"Great. It starts next year"
Disappointing to realise in the modern day that players opinions count for absolutely nothing in how our own games are run #Super8— Dean Ryan (@DeanRyan4) February 25, 2017
Most County boards and delegates are dinosaurs and completely out of touch with players needs / wants of today #GAACongress17— Dean Healy (@DeanHealy5) February 25, 2017
The super 8 motion is disgusting!!Players in weaker countries to walk away from the game!! Shame on those on top table #Congress2017— John McGrath (@john_mc_grath) February 25, 2017
@DonoghueEamon Absolutely ridiculous. So out of touch, just shows the championship isn't the only structural issue within the GAA.— Jim Mc Eneaney (@jmceneaney) February 25, 2017
Can't be bothered following Congress updates after super 8 is passed. 2021 before club players can get a fair deal, depressing thought.— Philip Jordan (@PhilipJordan7) February 25, 2017
The turkeys have voted for Christmas at Congress today! First steps on the road to professionalism. Don't worry about the rest #super8— Brian Carroll (@BrianCarroll13) February 25, 2017
All Ireland finals in August...super 8's before that, provincial championships before that, league before that...club anyone #Congress2017— Tom Kenny (@tomken81) February 25, 2017
Screw you club & majority of inter.c players.We think u are all idiots who'll cry for a bit but eventually go along with us -GAA 2017😐#sound— Paddy Stapleton (@pasaint) February 23, 2017
Players can't stand half what their county boards do or try yet it's them who speak on behalf of players at congress #mindboggling— Conor.mortimer (@Conmort) February 25, 2017
President Trump. P45 for Ranieri. Super 8 proposal. Sad world we live in.— Niall Kelly (@Niall_Kelly_14) February 23, 2017
Industrial action #GAAcongress17— Pauric Gill (@Gill_i_bix) February 25, 2017
— Aaron McCarey (@mccareyA1) February 25, 2017