Coulter Calls It

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

ROSTREVOR will be delighted they are now through to the semi-final of the Intermediate championship after a six point win over Antrim side St Brigid's and will now meet Donegal champions Milford in a couple of weeks time.

The Ulster Championship should suit this young Rostrevor side as they should get a bit more freedom to express themselves in Ulster. Conor Doyle did not feature in the first round win but will have a few weeks to get himself back and if they are going to win the Ulster title then they will need him back on the pitch.

If they are to get over Milford I expect them to play Derry's Newbridge who are a great side and managed by a good friend of my own Paddy Bradley. We played them in a challenge match at the start of the year and I was very impressed with how they played against us.

Dundrum will be very disappointed at how they exited Sunday's Junior Ulster Championship in Newry. They got themselves off to a bad start and left themselves far to much to do and in the end run out of time after making a decent comeback.

You can't give your opponents a ten-point lead and expect to be able to get back into the match. In Ulster football that is just far to much to do.

Armagh Harps also crashed out in the first round of the Senior Ulster Championship at the hands of Fermanagh champions Derrygonelly, again after getting off to a terrible start. This is a big opportunity missed by the Armagh champions as they are in the easy side of the draw and it would have been a great chance for them to at least make the final of the Ulster Championship.

Looking at the new championship Super Eight, I think clubs throughout Ireland will be lucky to see their county players at all until they are knocked out of the championship, which is in no fault of the players themselves.

The National Leagues finish in early April and with the new date for the All-Ireland final, the Championship starts in late April or early May time so the chances of clubs getting access to their players in between the League ending and the Championship beginning will be very slim.

As an ex county player it is very hard to serve two masters at the one time especially with the pressure now of inter-county football. I have said it before and I'll say it again - the GAA Championship is one of the most unfair systems that I have ever seen in and sport throughout the world.

It is so unbalanced that it's actually laughable at this stage. Take for example in Ulster Cavan would have to beat two division One teams and a Division Two team to make the Ulster Championship Final, whereas Kerry and Roscommon need to beat a Division Four team to make the Munster and Connaught finals respectively.

The sooner the GAA wake up and smell the coffee the better. I hate going on about this all the time but I feel very strongly about it and will until it's fixed.

Lets get a Two-tier championship in for three years time with the top 16 in the league playing for the A competition and the bottom 16 playing for the B competition.

That gives teams three years to sort their league positions and also making the leagues more competitive than they have ever been before.


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