Saturday 10 December 2016

McNAUGHTON ON . . .

Published 16/04/2015 | 02:30

"If something isn't done, Antrim hurling is going to fall off the map. And if something isn't done across Ulster, we'll have nothing but exhibition games here in 10 years."

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"You can call 2A what you want but, in reality, it's the third level and that's where Antrim will be next year. Worse still, there's no guarantee we'll get out of it."

"It (v Kerry) was our most important game for years but there's such an apathy about hurling in Antrim now that people couldn't be bothered travelling to support the team."

"As far as I'm concerned, the Antrim county board has failed, the Ulster Council has failed and now it's time for Croke Park to take charge and make things happen."

"We were producing better hurlers years ago when there was little no coaching. Running around ticking boxes and calling it coaching is useless. We've got to get back to basics. There's no point going into gyms four nights a week and not being able to hit the ball 50 yards."

"The game is dying on its feet in Belfast. If that was happening in Dublin, Cork or Limerick, we'd hear plenty about it."

"There's a lack of leadership, a lack of passion, people don't seem to care anymore. I know I sound like a broken record because I'm always pointing out what's wrong, but I care about Antrim and I care about hurling."

Irish Independent

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