LIMERICK senior hurling manager John Allen has questioned the future of the Waterford Crystal Cup following last Sunday's heavy defeat to Tipperary.
Allen was unhappy that he was unable to call upon a host of players for the pre-season competition because of college commitments.
Limerick bowed out at the quarter-final stage in tame fashion and the Shannonsiders do not have another competitive game until February 24, when they host Antrim in Division 1B of the National Hurling League.
In the meantime, Allen will keep his squad ticking over with challenge matches but he is adamant that the Waterford Crystal Cup in its current guise is serving no purpose.
"Is there any merit in playing hurling in conditions like that?" Allen asked. "I don't think there is. I'm not sure what purpose it's serving really, given that the college players are playing with their colleges.
"The Fitzgibbon is there for college players, fair enough, and that's a great competition. But if we have a competition like this, the counties should have all their players."
Allen, meanwhile, has urged Limerick delegates to support a Croom motion going before tonight's county board meeting which, if passed, will hand Limerick's inter-county team managers the power to pick their own captains. Limerick still retain the 'club rule', whereby the reigning club champions supply the county captain.
"The management should have the power to pick the captain," said Allen. "But if they decide otherwise, I've no problem with that either."