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Duffy doing it his own way

Anyone who has sat in interviews and press briefings with the GAA's Director-General Paraic Duffy will have realised that he is a man of serious substance and has a brain that works on overdrive.

Quizzed yesterday on the reasons why the Gaelic Players' Association's Championship reform proposal did not get a 'fair hearing', Duffy cut through all the waffle.

You have 48 round-robin games. All to eliminate eight teams. Eight teams that, in our own words, would have been gone after a couple of games in the Championship as it exists anyway.

He also had a pop at those involved in the fight between Armagh and Dublin in last summer's challenge match, questioning the lack of leadership in both groups. And he is not afraid to make a tough decision, as the postponed 2015 inter-provincials will not be re-fixed for a later date.

Naturally, this will provoke some reaction and it is hard not to feel sympathy for Peter McGrath, who could have added the inter-pros with Ulster to his International Rules victory at the helm of Ireland and two All-Ireland triumphs during his Down tenure.

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  • Martin Clarke inspired Queen's to an opening-round win against Maynooth in the Sigerson Cup last night. James McCartan's men triumphed 0-13 to 1-8.

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