Friday 31 October 2014

Kerry injustice shows hurling will never grow

Diarmuid Lyng

Published 09/04/2014 | 02:30

Kerry captain John Egan lifts the cup as his team-mates celebrate

Will the hurling championship meet the lofty standards of 2013? Are Kilkenny finished? Can anyone stop the Clare boy-wonders? Which Galway team will show? Tipp, anyone?

These are just some of the questions on the lips of hurling fans as dusk falls on the league. Meanwhile, our opinions are refined to the point that we're only marginally less clueless than we were before it began.

Hard to believe the GAA public would be consumed by such questions, though, and not by Kerry's fate in Division 2A.

It is an injustice that, having topped their group ahead of a county that provided the beaten All-Ireland club finalists, they still have to play off against the team that couldn't hit the ball out of their way in 1B, Offaly.

Grow the game, you said? Give the counties working hard to break through the glass ceiling their chance with the big boys. A little less protection for failure.

Might not make for great viewing, though.

Irish Independent

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