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Brennan to get tough

By John Campbell

GAA President Nickey Brennan is to take the unusual step of addressing this Saturday's Special Congress in Dublin on the specific issue of discipline.

In a year which has seen the Disputes Resolution Authority working overtime to address appeals on discipline matters, Brennan says he wants to tackle the issue of members of the Association not accepting their punishment head on.

"I'm going to take the somewhat unusual step of addressing the special Congress specifically on that matter," Brennan said.

"It's not usual for a president to address a special Congress, but I will be doing it on Saturday on one subject, those issues that arose during the year.

"I'm going to explain problems we have and suggest solutions to them and put a time frame for when these solutions should be implemented."

Meanwhile, Hurling Development Committee chairman Ned Quinn says he expects opposition to be voiced at the Congress to his committee's proposals for the re-drafting of the hurling championships.

The HDC has proposed that two of the four quarter-finals be eliminated and that the number of defeats a county can suffer in a championship be reduced to just one.

Quinn admitted there could be opposition, but he said his committee was only trying to stay within the framework of the terms of reference they had received.

" There is concern over the promotional aspect, but it is a difficult thing to square the circle to reduce the number of games to facilitate the clubs and to maintain all the games we have is just not possible," said Quinn.

"So there was a big demand to eliminate what you might call the meaningless games. It is hard to come up with a system that is fair to everybody."

There have been rumblings of discontent in relation to the overall format of the Hurling Championship which many people regard as unwieldy - some indeed claim that it is to the detriment of the sport although the entertainment served up in some of the games over the summer would certainly not substantiate this.

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