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CPA ready for action after thumbs down to the Super 8s

By Declan Bogue

The Club Players Association has announced the results of a survey taken during March, with two-thirds of respondents opposed to the 'Super 8s' football Championship restructure.

After Congress and the decision to back the motion brought by Central Council was passed with a 76% margin in February, the CPA reported a surge in numbers signing up to become part of the representative body for the club player.

The survey was answered by 4,983 respondents and 60% replied 'no' to the first question: "Do you support the recent introduction of the Super 8 format for the inter-county football Championship?"

Just 12% were in favour, while 27% said they were uncertain.

Asked for three improvements they would most like to see implemented, the most popular choices were 'an unchangeable and predictable fixtures schedule', 'regular games during the summer' and 'a defined holiday period'.

At the launch of the Club Players Association on January 9, secretary Declan Brennan said it could take around 100 days for the association to formulate proposals for any fixtures rescheduling.

Now that we are at 78 days, the findings of this survey are expected to be a jumping-off point.

Meanwhile, there are two Ulster semi-finals up for decision in the Under-21 Football Championship tonight.

Donegal, who beat Tyrone at the second time of asking in Ballybofey last Wednesday, take on Cavan in Brewster Park, Enniskillen. Declan Bonner's men reached the All-Ireland minor final three years previous and are favourites.

The other semi-final features Derry and Armagh who meet in Healy Park, Omagh, both games throwing in at 8pm.

Armagh boss Peter McDonnell has been able to draft in four of the St Colman's College players after their MacRory Cup campaign ended in defeat on St Patrick's Day.

Into contention come Conor O'Neill, Rian O'Neill, Ryan Garvey and McDonnell's son, Eoghan.

Derry manager Fergal P McCusker welcomes back Slaughtneil players Keelan Feeney, Shane McGuigan, Cormac O'Doherty and Paul McNeill after their All-Ireland club exploits.

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