THERE has been a hot debate in recent days after the report by the Football Review Committee gave the details as to how the imbalance in the numbers of competing counties in the provincial competitions could be eliminated.
If Antrim followers have been delighted by the unbeaten start our footballers have made to this season's National Football League, they were on cloud nine after the hurlers began their campaign by beating Wexford in their opening game on Sunday last at Casement Park.
We now enter a very quiet period in the GAA world but first congratulations have to be given to the Minor hurlers of St John's and the Under 16 footballers of Rossa as each won the Ulster competitions in their respective codes last weekend.
The big news this week is the selection of Jerry Wallis as the new Antrim senior hurling manager.That he was picked over long serving Dinny Cahill at first glance seems like ingratitude in view of the vast amount of travel that Dinny had to make during his two spells in the job and some of the displays he managed to get from the squad in his time.
Our Senior Championships were decided at Casement Park last weekend and to no great surprise the titles were retained by the respective holders.St Gall's won the football by 0-14 to 0-11 and truth be told they never looked like losing though to their credit Lámh Dhearg fought an honourable fight and made sure that St Gall's were never able to relax and had to play to their limit for the full hour.
We now move into the climax of the local GAA season following a thrilling All-Ireland final on Sunday last and this week we will have the deciders of the Antrim Senior Football and Hurling Championships.
Whilst our county camógs were fighting a valiant but losing battle in the All Ireland Intermediate final interest here at home saw the semi finals of the Antrim Senior Hurling Championship and the deciders of the Antrim Intermediate and Minor Hurling Championships.