Donal Óg Cusack Believes the GAA are making a ‘big’ mistake

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The former three time All-Ireland winner Donal Óg Cusack was on The Sunday Game with fellow pundits Shane Dowling and Anthony Daly. The former Cork shot stopper believes the GAA are making a huge mistake by moving the Championship forward and giving up the traditional Sunday in September.

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“I think it does put up that question in terms of the split season. I like the idea of plenty of games, players like plenty of games.

I think the championship, whoever wins their first round is going to be under major pressure going into their second round, so there is going to be major excitement over that period of time.

I don’t like that we have given up such a big part of the season. I think we have handed it over for other sports to go in there. September for me was all about hurling, all about the All-Ireland final. We all remember the cup going into the schools and so on and what that did for the game.

There is a lot to be positive about, but I don’t like that aspect of it. I would also say that the best time to assess this is at the end of the year when we have a proper amount of data, get everyone into a room and decide what is best overall for the overall Association.

The last thing I would say is that maybe the inter-county game had gone too far, but I think like most things it has now swung too far back against the inter-county game. A bit of balance will come into it hopefully.”

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