Thursday 29 September 2016

Kilkenny star Richie Hogan 'hates' hurling structure

Published 11/08/2015 | 02:30

Richie Hogan believes that club players are being given a raw deal
Richie Hogan believes that club players are being given a raw deal

Kilkenny star Richie Hogan admits he 'hates' the current championship structures and that club players are consistently getting a raw deal.

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The reigning Hurler of the Year pointed out that the Cats have played just three games to reach this year's All-Ireland final but in 2014 three matches only brought them as far as a provincial decider after they had drawn with Galway.

"I don't like the system at all," he told Newstalk's Off The Ball. "I hate it. I'd rather have a match every two weeks. This year we have played three games and we are in an All-Ireland final. Last year after three games we were in a Leinster final. It's a stark contrast.

"If I had a choice I'd love to play six or seven games at least in championship but you don't have a choice.

"If you look at all the top sports across the world, they are all more or less league-based whereas ours is championship-based.

"It has advantages in that you only have to play four games to win it but disadvantages in that you are going five weeks without a game.

"The distance between our last league game and our first championship game was 12 weeks."

And Hogan believes it is club players who suffer most.

"Our club matches are off this week because the minors drew and the club players will go maybe 10 weeks without a game which is ridiculous.

"They talk about grassroots and that is the grassroots and they are kind of abused a little bit."

Irish Independent

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