Galway have called for the removal of the provincial structure at U-21 hurling level, which could culminate in the same procedure being implemented at senior level.
The Galway County Board are set to bring a motion before Congress outlining a round-robin concept (four groups of fours teams) with the winners of each group qualifying for the All-Ireland semi-finals. Galway are said to be keen on the new proposal in a bid to give players more games.
“Galway get either one or two U-21 games every year, depending on how we do in the semi-final. We feel it would be more advantageous for the development of players between minor and senior level if they got more U-21 games,” – a Galway County Board spokesman has said.
Wexford will also propose changes to the U-21 format; seeking to introduce a quarter-final stage where the beaten Leinster and Munster finalists face the winners of Ulster and Connacht.
If the system was changed at U-21 level, pressure could mount for an experiment with a similar format at senior level. GAA director general Páraic Duffy has called for the implementation of similar plans at senior level in his annual review. Any proposals will of course have to be ratified by Congress.