The 2012 Division 1 NHL will be contested by two groups of six counties after a counter proposal by eight of the top hurling counties failed at Central Council last night.
A decision taken at the August Central Council to switch from one division of eight teams to two divisions of six was retained at last night night’s meeting on a 22-14 vote. That decision needed to be rescinded for the eight-team division to be restored or for the CCCC proposal to introduce quarter-finals to the two groups of six. The GAA’s management committee then decided to introduce an amendment to the August decision and proposed that semi-finals be introduced.
The winners of the Division 1B final will join the top three teams in Division 1A in the semi-finals. Under the management proposal, the Division 1B final must be played in advance of the semi-finals which will add an extra weekend to the calendar.
The reaction of Limerick to last night’s developments will be keenly awaited as they originally indicated that they would not play in anything other than an eight-team Division 1 in 2012.
– Colm Keys