Football: ULSTER NOT DOUBLING UP TO EASE CONGESTION.
THE Ulster Council will resist any moves to condense the Championship which would force them to stage two big Ulster SFC games on the same day.
While Leinster will host a double-header in Croke Park on Sunday to really kick-start their Championship, the northern province has always preferred to have games on consecutive Sundays.
The decisions passed at special congress earlier this year will mean that there will be no replays in provincial quarter-finals or All-Ireland qualifiers in a bid to freeupweekend for club fixtures.
The GAA hierarchy are keen to tighten the inter-county schedule for the benefit of clubs but Ulster Council chairman Tom Daly hopes the current programme of events in the province can be retained.
"The model we have here is working for us," he said, speaking at the launch of the Ulster Championship in Belfast yesterday.
"We just find it a rollercoaster in terms of excitement and public interest and we would be loathe to lose that.
"There will be a reconfiguration next year as part of what came out of special congress and we will sit down in September or October and look at our entire calendar.
"We see little scope for further tightening and the fact that we gain maximum exposure throughout all of Ulster by having games on consecutive weekends is something we're determined to keep."
Daly is excited that for the first time almost all of the Ulster SFC games will be shown live on TV, with the only exception being the Tyrone v Down game.
He claimed: "This year with the added bonus of live TV, I believe it's going to give the promotion of gaelic games and the GAA throughout Ulster a huge boost. It's the type of coverage that you really couldn't buy."
CHAMPIONSHIP: Tom Daly
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|Publication:||The Mirror (London, England)|
|Date:||May 14, 2008|
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