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Cork and Limerick could play in the top tier of the 2014 Allianz Hurling League

Updated: Wednesday, 02 Oct 2013 11:19 | Comments

Limerick lost out to narrowly to Dublin in this year's Division 1B final - but the Treatymen could be playing in the top flight in 2014
Limerick lost out to narrowly to Dublin in this year's Division 1B final - but the Treatymen could be playing in the top flight in 2014

A proposal will be put to the Central Council of the GAA that will see an increase in the number of teams in the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A from six to eight.

If it is carried, both Cork and Limerick would play in the top flight in 2014.

The Rebels were beaten in a relegation play-off by Clare last spring, condemning them to Division 1B. Limerick lost out to Dublin for the right to get promoted from the second tier.

The number of teams contesting the latter division would remain at six under the proposed new format

Meetings were recently held with county officers to consider progress on the implementation of the National Hurling Development Plan.

Among the matters discussed was the structure of the Hurling League for next year. An opportunity to consider an alternative format was subsequently agreed.

The GAA’s Central Council will meet on Saturday, 12 October, where a simple majority vote will be required to implement the changes that, if accepted, will be in place for a five-year period.

Proposed restructuring of Allianz Hurling League

Division 1A Tipperary, Kilkenny, Galway, Waterford, Clare, Dublin

Cork, Limerick

Division 1B Offaly, Wexford, Antrim, Carlow, Laois, Westmeath

Division 2A Kerry, Derry, Wicklow, Kildare, Meath, London

Division 2B Down, Mayo, Armagh, Roscommon, Fingal, Donegal

Division 3A Louth, Fermanagh, Tyrone, Monaghan

Division 3B Longford, Sligo, Warwickshire, Leitrim

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