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Westmeath manager, Jack Cooney.
Westmeath manager, Jack Cooney.
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'This is the year to go for an open Championship draw' - Jack Cooney

The Westmeath manager believes the GAA’s hand may be forced as the fixture planners try to come up with a solution to the current crisis.
Mar 31st 2020, 6:27 PM 7,404 11

WESTMEATH MANAGER, JACK Cooney, has delivered the view that the GAA should have an open draw this year.

In an interview with The Westmeath Examiner Cooney said a quickly-run Championship could give the sport a necessary lift after this enforced shutdown.

That would involve scrapping the provincial championships for a season yet Cooney feels it is a sacrifice worth taking.

He said: “This is an opportunity to try something different, something novel, for one year.

“There are a lot of stadiums with good floodlights and with a tighter timeframe, games could be played under lights and that would bring a different atmosphere.

“There might only be a timeframe of six weeks to run off the Championship. In those circumstances, let’s say we had an open draw, 32 teams, 16 teams go one and the losers are given a second chance to get back into it.

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“There will be such an appetite for GAA and for sport in general when matches get going again. We take these things for granted. I know our players are looking forward to returning to collective training whenever we are allowed to.”

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