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[ # ] Special Congress Agrees New Format for the Hurling Championship
September 29th, 2007

The proposed changes to the hurling championship for 2007 have been passed at a special congress by 55 votes to 17. The new format gets rid of the qualifier groups and with all games in a konckout format it introduces a 2 strikes and you’re out policy. Also no teams will play each other twice unless they meet again in the All-Ireland final. Galway and Antrim will play the first round losers in Munster and Leinster and the loser of those games will end up in a relegation battle. The winners of the Christy Ring cup will get a chance at promotion.

The changes should add a little more spark to the campaign, the qualifier groups clearly weren’t working. And eliminating the possibility of teams meeting twice is definitely a good move. The hurling campaign is a tricky one to get rid because of the small number of teams the uneven provincial lineup so any new campaign is worth a shot. The only system that will really work is a complete open draw system but that will never pass with the provincial bodies.

Galway and Antrim opposed the new changes. Why Galway oppose all these changes is a mystery, they need more cutting edge games to help them but they want to turn down every possibility of it happening. Antrim were apparently concerned about club time but there shouldn’t be any problem with that given there’s no round robin games.

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