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Coulter Calls IT

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

BURREN and Kilcoo will contest Sunday's Down Senior Club Championship Final in Newry in what promises to be a fantastic occasion.

Kilcoo are going for an incredible six Championships in a row but Burren stand in their way. A big factor of the outcome will depend how the Burren forward line will click on the day against a brilliant Kilcoo defence lead by Darryl Branagan. Truth be told, the Burren forward line has failed to click the way the would have liked in their last two games but I expect them to up their game for the big day.

The Kilcoo forward line are starting to slip into gear and have a confidence about them that shows they really are starting to look the part and they will be hard to stop if they can continue their recent form.

Burren should have the edge around the middle with Mark McKay and Decky Rooney two big physical players, which may be needed on Sunday.

It's a game that could go either way but the experience and a strong forward line of Kilcoo should get them over the line, but I certainly would not rule out a draw in this game.

The Down All-County Leagues are still in full flight at the minute with six games still to be played Division One. Longstone and Glenn are looking likely to go down and Castlewellan are shaping up to defend their League title.

It's a tough time of year for players with a lack of real motivation as the Championship is what really matters in club football.

Some clubs are really going for it but personally for myself, it has always been about the Championship and that will always be the case.

It really needs to be sorted out for next year as there was about five Friday nights during this season that we had no matches, which is unacceptable.

Clubs need to stop given out about playing games without their county men and all fixtures that are fixed at the start of the year, need to be played on those dates, bar a death.

I must congratulate Connaire Harrison and Caolan Mooney on receiving their All-Star nominees. It's great that some of our players are recognised and rightly so as both have had outstanding years for Down and fully deserved them but I am slightly disappointed that Darragh O'Hanlon has been overlooked. Darragh has probably been our most consistent player this year and I'm surprised he did not get a nomination.

The GAA need to take a long look at revamping the Championship before it gets really boring. I know they have brought in the Super Eight for next year but that is not the way forward. We need a Champions League type system with the top two teams from each group qualifying for the Senior Championship and the bottom two qualifying for the Intermediate.

The top brass in the GAA need to change and change quickly.

Next year the greatest spectacle in Irish sport will no longer take place on the third Sunday in September - now that's an embarrassment in itself.

We are now basically going to go six months of the year without any inter-county football - what a depressing statistic.

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