Inter-county players will be available to their clubs in the championship for the next two years after a proposal to restrict their involvement was comfortably defeated in a vote at a county board meeting at Páirc Uí Chaoimh.
Clubs decided by 136 votes to 52 to kick the controversial Option C ‘summer games’ to touch and went for the conservative Option A ‘April and August’ instead. Option B got 33 votes.
There will still be a new format, similar to the UEFA Champions League, in 2020 and 2021 with three groups of four teams each.
There will be four grades, premier senior, senior A, premier intermediate and intermediate with every club guaranteed a minimum of three games.
It’s an increase of one on the current much-maligned system though the scheduling is roughly the same which is likely to lead to the usual exodus of students to North America and beyond for the summer.
Option C had four groups of six teams which would have provided five games, one in April, one or two in May or June depending on Cork’s progress and two more in August.
The prospect of four teams of six in either group advancing to the knock-out phase didn’t entice clubs enough to support the proposal.
Option B ‘August only’ which contained four groups of three teams and just two games to be played that month received little or no support.