Small-ball brigade up against it
Published 10/11/2010 | 05:00
Note to the dedicated souls who are doing their best to promote hurling in counties where the landscape is dominated by football's towering presence: be vigilant.
There's a possibility that you won't be involved in the National Hurling League from 2012 onwards. The alternative is to play club competitions across county boundaries, with inter-county activity confined to the Lory Meagher Cup.
There's an argument that running inter-county hurling teams in the weaker counties between January and June/July is costing too much and that it would make more sense to confine it to club activity early in the year.
Ultimately, it should be about what's best for the game, but the danger is that decisions will be unduly influenced by powerful football lobbies who don't give a damn about hurling.
It wouldn't be the first time it happened.