Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 24 April 2014

GAA: 'All' to play for

Next Sunday's Final should be an absolute cracker...

With just one week to go to the All Ireland Football Final it is really beginning to hit home that Armagh will yet again not be involved.

With just one week to go to the All Ireland Football Final it is really beginning to hit home that Armagh will yet again not be involved.

When you hear word of the build up it is cringe time, time to hide away and pretend it is not happening.

This year's football final has all the markings of a great spectacle, and with no Ulster team involved, this could and should be one for the purists.

Both teams like to play good expansive football, so there is no doubt potentially we may have some positive feedback from the scribes next Sunday evening.

Last week's hurling final was totally absorbing, as a match of pure quality from the two best exponents the game has ever seen.

Now something similar with the bigger ball would be the culmination of a top season of inter county action.

There are many club championship matches in Ulster counties this weekend, including semi-finals in my own county, with club football or lack of it under so much scrutiny this week.

I beg the officials in Croke Park to attend any of these fixtures to remind them exactly what our games are about, "pride and passion" - sometimes words which can be over-used but it will be evident in all its glory this weekend.

In any case if it's a long drive they can put it down to expenses anyway!

So many people within the game have come up with ideas to improve club football as in having a master fixture list so that clubs know exactly when they are due to play and if they will have a full squad available.

Sounds good to me, let everyone play, county players included. This can have a positive affect on both players and the standard of club football in general.

So who will it fall on to come up with a master plan to rectify all of these problems.

Yes you have guessed it, the people who are most out of touch with the grass roots - the GAA hierarchy!

Sorry, if I am once again bringing all these problems to the door of the "old farts'" feet but at the end of the day they are paid to solve these continuing problems.

Let's see what they come up with and if we will need a degree to follow it!

I am just off to discuss my remuneration package for the above article as I read my fellow columnist Mr Bradley was off to the Maldives on holiday.

Well for some, eh.

One question - where has it all gone wrong!

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