As people (even a Cork poster ffs!) have said, there is nothing wrong with what we do in terms of championship structure. People can moan away about it, but the fact is there is a purpose and reasoning behind why the championship at every level is the way it is and it is NOT because we want clubs to win Inter/Junior All Irelands.
The Senior championship exists to be a feeding ground to the County panel mainly. Therefore a high standard in the premier club competition needs to be maintained in order for it to fulfill its purpose. There was a severe decline in standard in the Kerry Senior championship at the end of the 2000s and remedial action was needed. Thus last year the number of Senior club teams was reduced to 8, with 9 divisional teams. 2 divisional teams play a prelim game which leaved a 16 team championship.
If people wanted the truth and delved deeper behind this, they would find that the clubs beyond the top 8 who were winning Intermediate championships were clubs who weren't capable of sustaining a challenge at the top table. Clubs like Finuge (a dual club with Lixnaw hurling in reality), St Michaels/Foilmore (struggling badly for numbers like ALL of South Kerry), Ardfert (also a dual club), Currow (a tiny rural club) - these teams were going up Senior and getting hammered, which was doing nothing for them OR Kerry football.
The demise of some former giants of club football like Laune Rangers (now a Div 3 club), John Mitchels, An Gaeltacht (although they are improving again and Div 1 for 2017) - even formerly solid Senior clubs like Castleisland, Glenflesk..all has had an impact. I don't know if people realise, and this is not me straying into a general moan, but South Kerry - a massively important area for Kerry Football - is turning into an economic black hole. To illustrate, 4 formerly strong club sides (Skellig Rangers, Valentia, Sneem and Derrynane) now have to amalgamate to make an underage team. Valentia, i was told a few weeks ago, have 14 adult players registered for next year and are talking about not fielding. This is the club of Mick O'Connell we're talking about here.
Anyway, I'm straying off the main point slightly..if someone is telling me that Kenmare - who have risen from Division 3 to Division 1 (although back down to Div 2 in 2017) and who have gone from being a poor Junior club to being Intermediate champions of Kerry and Munster, a club who have NEVER been Senior in their history - if they have some unfair advantage here, I must be missing something!!