A Moyle Rovers motion calling for only provincial champions in minor football and hurling to progress to the All-Ireland series will be voted on at Congress next month.
The south Tipperary club’s proposal comes in the wake of recent seasons where Munster runners-up have reached the knock-out stages despite having lost two games.
Last year, Waterford were defeated by both Tipperary and then Limerick in the Munster final but went on to win the All-Ireland MHC.
In 2012, Kerry lost to Tipperary at the provincial quarter-final and final stages but reached the All-Ireland semi-final. That same year, Clare were defeated by Waterford and Tipperary but also managed to reach the last four.
As with the other five counties, Tipp are drawn in the quarter-finals of both codes in Munster this year, meaning they’ll get a second and possible third bite of the cherry should they lose those fixtures. However, county secretary Tim Floyd explained the reasoning behind Moyle Rovers’ motion is the pressure on club fixtures by the elongated interests in the competition.
“It might seem like we’re shooting ourselves in the foot as we benefited from the rule last season when our minor footballers qualified for an All-Ireland quarter-final after losing to Kerry (in the Munster final),” he said. “But the problem is you’re extending the inter-county season at that level. You could be beaten in Munster, but there could be four or five weeks of a break before you play again. You have to keep the team ticking over and the club fixtures can be affected by the training.”
As a matter of courtesy and an attempt to garner support, the motion will be forwarded to next week’s Munster convention before it is on the clár at Congress in Croke Park on February 22.
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