There has been a lot said in recent years with regards to the lack of competitive games for the so-called “weaker” counties in Gaelic Football. Just yesterday there was the reports of an “Angry Leitrim Fan” unhappy with the current structure. And there have been many more reports of the same from similar counties and commentators alike. The new Super 8 proposals do not address the issues surrounding the lower tier teams.

So we at Mojopin Studios decided to see what we could come up with to address the situation. See the below link for our proposals. (Yes, the proposals might be a bit formal, but we might present them to the GAA some day!)

Mojopin Studios proposals for reform of Football Championships

Within these proposals, we aim to ensure 4 things:

  • The provincial championships are maintained
  • All counties will be able to progress to All-Ireland Senior Football Final
  • All counties have the opportunity for more competitive games
  • Reduce amount of time from start to finish of the Championship, to get players back to their clubs asap

The way we see it, the Championship has 4 ways of working:

  • Old style – 4 provincial winners in semi-finals of All-Ireland series
  • Current style – Qualifiers
  • New proposed style – Super 8
  • Our proposed style – B-tier championship

Either way, I think we will provide all 4 options, for you to choose, for All Star Gaelic Football.

What do you think? How would you change the Championship for the better for all?

The RTE have come up with their ratings of the  counties for the coming year. The top 4 are probably to be expected but do you think Tipperary or Clare will be able to relate their success of last year?

We keep an eye on all ratings and previews to make sure All Star Gaelic Football lines up with expectations. We wouldn’t agree with all of the rankings be but it’s always interesting to see what others think. Have a look at the link below and let us know where your county should talk.

http://www.rte.ie/sport/gaa/2016/1216/839479-football-rankings/

There has been a lot made of the new mark in the GAA. The last time it was tested it wasn’t exactly a success, but the powers that be have decided that now is the time to reintroduce it.

Is this something that we need to include in All Star Gaelic Football? Should it be an option or compulsory? What’s your thoughts on it?

Here’s a little piece from Jarlath Burns for his opinion on its benefits.

Jarlath Burns on the mark.

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While we are working away on All Star Gaelic Football, we are still following our counties around the country. With National League Final weekend upon us, we look at the teams involved and give our brief prediction of how they will go.

Division 1
Dublin vs Kerry

In a repeat of last year’s All Ireland Final, we see Dublin face Kerry again. Dublin have had another relatively easy run through the league, with Roscommon arguably proving the biggest threat to their dominance. Kerry on the other hand started characteristically slowly and seemed to just get better and better as the campaign rolled on. Their thrashing of Roscommon in the semi final was a sight to behold and it sets them up fantastically for the final showdown.
Prediction: Kerry by 1/2 points

Division 2
Tyrone vs Cavan

This all Ulster clash sees the runaway leaders, Tyrone, come up against the top scorers, Cavan. There will be no love lost, as is always the case in Ulster matches, and it is sure to be a tight and competitive game. Cavan’s forwards have been fantastic this year, but Tyrone’s organisation restricted them to 8 points in the fixture earlier in the year and I can see it being a similar affair this time round.
Prediction: Tyrone by 3 points

Division 3
Kildare vs Clare

Kildare has dominated a 3rd division which was lacking much threat. Clare got into the final, and Division 2, on a fairly substantial score difference. Kildare have swept aside most challengers, only Sligo scraped a 1 point win, but their impressive goal scoring (10 in 7 games) was only halted by Clare, whose defence has shown to be fairly impressive. That being said, they will need their defence on top of their game, and David Tubridy to continue his fantastic form in front of goal to stand a chance.
Prediction: Kildare by 5 points

Division 4
Antrim vs Louth

Division 4 was a 3 horse race, with Wexford disappointed with not making it through on the final day. Their 9 point win over Carlow was not enough as the 2 finalists played out a draw. If Antrim had have won, Wexford would be here on score difference. But just like that final day draw, I expect this to be another tight affair. Antrim are undefeated though and look like they have confidence in their manager, Frank Fitzsimmons, and he is getting the best out of his players. Louth will have a point to prove though.
Prediction: Antrim by 1/2 points

What do you think? Who are your tips for their respective divisions?