BOTH players and management of the Fingal hurling team have expressed disappointment at the decision not to enter the team into the Nicky Rackard Cup for 2013.It will be the second year the county has been without top class hurling during the summer and current manager, Willie Bourke, was surprised when told. 'It's news to me to be honest. I've no animosity towards the Dublin County Board but I haven't heard anything back from them. 'There has been no contact, and as far I know we have been included in the 2013 league, but that's not to say there will be a team entered by the county board itself.' The Brigid's man was approached to take over as manager in late October last year with training beginning two weeks later, and as such Fingal preparations may already be hampered ahead of the Kehoe Cup and Shield competitions in January. There was also disappointment that medals for Fingal's Division 3A League win following Monaghan's decision to forfeit were still not available. An official presentation of the both the Kehoe Shield and Division 3A trophy is due to take place at the Friends of Dublin Hurling awards ceremony in the Red Cow in the new year, when it is expected the league medals will finally be ready for presentation. But for Fingal goalkeeper, Hilary Murray Hession, believes that the Fingal hurling project can not progress properly without Fingal's inclusion in the Nicky Rackard Cup. 'For me the big thing is playing in the Nicky Rackard Cup and if you are to get the maximum benefit out of it you have to be playing in the summer. That's the main flagship competition for teams in Division 3A. 'I think there is a great opportunity for Fingal even if you mightn't reap the opportunity overnight. 'Under the new rule you can't play for your club six days before a county match and before it was fourteen days so I thought that would be a good enough period to facilitate the various parties involved. 'It's run off over five or six weeks and while you've got to balance clubs' needs with the county, there isn't a guy in the team or in the management team that wouldn't want to change things 'But when we put on that jersey we come together as a group of lads and it's with great pride that we do that.' It's certainly been a good year for Fingal with the Minor team capturing the All Ireland 'C' Championship at the first attempt. And Fingal clubs have certainly benefitted with the likes of St Maurs, Skerries Harps, St Finians, St Sylvesters and Fingallians all featuring well since Fingal's inception. And Hillary-Murray Hession believes that Fingal can become stronger as a team with the proper backing. 'I would think that the longer this thing goes on and is given the right sort of focus from the clubs as well as the administrators, in time I can see that gap closing. 'Dublin is a huge county and has a huge population, but at any given time only fifteen lads can line out for any one team and then you have an extra ten on the panel. 'So there is a market there in terms of Fingal hurling team and it's a matter of whether people want to put in the work in or not.'