Sligo clubs to consider two fixture plans for revised season

Sligo GAA clubs will consider two draft fixture plans for the resumption of the 2020 season.

The county’s Central Competition Controls Committee (CCCC) has prepared two draft master fixture lists for adult men’s football and hurling when club competition resumeson July 31st.

One option proposes a straight knockout format for the club championship, while the second option proposes cancelling the league competitions in 2020, and instead playing a senior championship along similar lines to the 2019 format of the Belfry senior football championship. The GAA’s ‘Finish on the Day’ match regulations would apply throughout all competitions.

The two proposals will be discussed at Monday night’s meeting of the county Executive. All the county’s club chairpersons have been invited to the meeting.

Under Draft fixture list 1, the key proposals are:

  • Adult competition to restart from July 31st-Aug 3rd with two rounds of league matches
  • Existing leagues (Div 1 & 2) to be divided into two sections of five & four teams.
  • Club championship (straight knockout) to begin on Aug 15/16th with ‘finish on the day’ match regulations
  • Hurling championship – two groups of three, drawn randomly
  • Football Championship finals on Sept 26/27th
  • Remaining league rounds (3) in October with top 2 teams from each section reaching semi-finals
  • League finals on Oct 31st/Nov 1st
  • No league promotion or relegation for this year
  • Hurling Championship finals on Oct 3rd/4th
  • No under-21 championship this year.

Under Draft fixture list 2, the key proposals are:

  • Kiernan/Benson/Abbott Cup 1/4 finals on July 31st/Aug 3rd
  • No leagues this year
  • Club Championship begins on Aug 8/9th – two groups of five, top two reach semi-finals
  • Hurling championship – two groups of three, drawn randomly
  • Football Championship finals on Oct 3rd/4th
  • Hurling Championship finals on Oct 10th/11th
  • No under-21 championship this year
  • Kiernan/Benson/Abbott Cup finals on Oct 24/26th.

While the initial discussion will take place tonight, Sligo GAA’s intention is that there will be widespread discussion amongst clubs and units, including players and coaches, before a final decision is taken by the CCCC.