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Leinster GAA Bring In Brilliant New Rule For Pre-Season Competitions

Almost every year, there are calls from all corners of the country to scrap the GAA’s pre-season tournaments. 

To many, these GAA tournaments aren’t worthy of keeping as participation increases unnecessary games in an already strict GAA calendar and further increases chances of injury in horrid conditions.

In comparison though, they act as a warm-up for the upcoming Allianz National League campaign, and for new managers in particular, the competitions provide an effective medium to look at new prospects within their respective county.

Even though one could argue that the weather conditions may be detrimental to the player’s overall performance, it’s worth noting that if these pre-season tournaments were not in place, then counties would be playing challenge matches against each other anyway.

Despite the calls for its scrapping and various teams such as the Tipperary and Kerry refusing to take part in the McGrath Cup, the new rule that will be incorporated in the Leinster GAA pre-season fixtures is certainly a step in the right direction as the overall disinterest strengthens.

Now, Leinster GAA have brought in a new rule that is sure to promote the competitions during the heights of its irrelevance. The new rule incorporated into pre-season Leinster GAA fixtures means that managers can now make unlimited changes throughout the game, within their panels of 26.

Certainly, the new rule will encourage managers to test-out new players, a feature that was always and will always remain prevalent in these competitions for as long as they are apart of the GAA’s agenda.

The Leinster O’Byrne Cup, Walsh Cup and Kehoe Cups will begin soon, and certainly this new rule will be beneficial to managers as they attempt to find their best fifteen ahead of the more-important League and Championship campaigns.

Jason Redmond, Pundit Arena



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Author: The PA Team

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