It's all a bit of a mess alright.From the article in todays examiner I'm not confident that CCB are going to make things any better next year.
“We all know the U18 grade is an absolute cornerstone of the GAA. We do need an U18 competition [in 2023],” O’Donovan told the meeting.
“It will be a hybrid version. It might have to be short. It might have to be knockout. It can’t be a full program of meaningful games without decoupling. It just can’t. However, I do think there should be a moratorium on decoupling for the full year of 2023.”
Does this mean that they are just proposing to swap the unsuccessful U19 competitions this year to U18 next year?
I would assume U17 would also have to stay as a primary grade so those lads would get a full league and championship structure similar to current formats?
At the end of Tuesday night’s special Cork county board meeting to ascertain the views of Cork clubs on their preferred minor age-grade, Cork secretary Kevin O’Donovan called for a moratorium on decoupling at U18 until 2024.www.irishexaminer.com
The sooner minor reverts to U18 the better.
Interestingly though the Barrs would have had no Ben O'Connor or William Buckley this year if minor was U18.