Monday 26 September 2016

Players just don't want 'B' Championship, claims Feehan

Published 18/02/2016 | 02:30

Jimmy Feehan believes the introduction of a ‘B’ Championship would be “an absolute disaster”: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
Jimmy Feehan believes the introduction of a ‘B’ Championship would be “an absolute disaster”: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

Tipperary starlet Jimmy Feehan believes the introduction of a 'B' Championship would be "an absolute disaster" for teams should the proposal be passed at Congress later this month.

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Delegates will be asked to consider creating a second tier in the championship when they gather in Carlow on February 26-27 but Feehan doesn't see the benefit and suggested that players would rather do other things with their summer.

"I think the 'B' Championship would be an absolute disaster for whatever counties are involved in it," said the Killenaule man.

"It's not right. I don't think it's right. If you're playing on a county senior team, you want to be playing against the best players. You want to be given that chance against top opposition so to be playing just against Division 4 teams - you're throwing them out in the cold really."

Attractive

"It'd be hard to wonder why you'd be staying around playing. It's not very attractive to be going playing a 'B' Championship. It's nothing to be talked about. You don't want to be playing in a 'B' competition. You want to be up there trying to get up to the top table."

Feehan was part of the Tipp side that reached last year's U-21 final and is also on Liam Kearns' senior team that have won one and drawn one of their first two league games as they look to gain promotion to Division 2. They could be boosted by the return of the Clonmel contingent to the panel with Michael Quinlivan, Ian Fahey, Kevin Fahey, Jason Lonergan and Donal Lynch all expected to come into the set-up.

"We've got a good start," Feehan said. "If we get two or three more results, we'd be there or thereabouts for promotion. But then if you take one or two bad results, you could be looking at a relegation battle which you obviously don't want.

"We just have to get a result the next time now in Mullingar (against Westmeath). If that happens you'll be well in the mix."

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