The controversial proposal to play a number of Cork club championship games without the county contingent was rejected following a specially convened county board meeting at Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Tuesday night.
The proposal was presented to Cork club delegates last week alongside two other options;
Common to all three were group systems, with the creation of a new Senior A grade to allow for four 12-team grades. Automatic relegation was also to return after a four-year period.
Option A would see teams play one group game in April and two in August, with six advancing to the knockout stages.
Option B was for four three-team groups which would be played across the month of August.
Option C was for two groups of six, with games played throughout the summer, however, county players wouldn’t be permitted for two of the five group games.
There was widespread condemnation following the proposal while others lamented the fact that such a vote was rushed through so quickly.
Former Cork hurling star, Diarmuid O’Sullivan claimed that the championship structure’s in Cork needed a major overhaul but strongly disagreed with Option C, citing that clubs should never be without players for championship.
O’Sullivan felt the proposal penalised clubs for developing players who go on to represent their county.
“Absolutely not, clubs should never be without their players for championship. That defeats the whole purpose of becoming an inter-county player, you are representing your club when you get on the big stage. You want clubs to coach lads to become inter-county players, you can’t penalise them for doing that and that’s what this proposal does.”
Option A was the strongest of the three for O’Sullivan and it was this proposal that garnered the most votes on the night with 136.
The much maligned Option C came in with the second-highest amount of votes with 52, while Option B and running the championship off across one month received just 33 votes.