Saturday 20 January 2018

John Downing: Bin the county rules, my hurling plan is the wheel deal

Full-backs: Domhnall O'Donovan (Clare)
Full-backs: Domhnall O'Donovan (Clare)
John Downing

John Downing

DON'T be fooled by a summer of champagne hurling – the game badly needs reform. Now here's my plan and it's based on a simple principle: 'By your wheelie bin shall you hurl'. This one is simplicity itself.

You just go out your own back door and look at your wheelie bin label. Do you see the registered headquarters of the wheelie bin provider? Right. That is the county for which you will hurl from now on and right to the end of your playing days.

The advantages of this system are limitless: no more unseemly rows about the 'parish rule' with horror tales of children denied the right to play the game they love. An end to recurring allegations about spurious transfers based on questionable accommodation addresses. No more squabbles about 'declaring' for your native county, or the one you happen to now live in, before the due date.

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