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Friends of Dublin Hurling Golf Classic

The Friends of Dublin Hurling are currently taking bookings for their annual Golf Classic, scheduled to be held in the K-Club on Friday, September 5.

At present, most of the teams have been booked but there are still spaces available for anyone interested in participating in such a worthy fund-raising event.

The format is a four-person scramble with the cost €300 per team - that includes a meal.

There are massive incentives for those attending including a wonderful prize of €10,000 for anyone lucky or skilful enough to land a 'hole-in-one' at the tricky 17th hole.

Their generosity does not end there with four tickets for this year's All-Ireland Hurling Final (between Kilkenny and Tipperary) on offer for the winning teams.

For anyone interested in a superb day's entertainment or offering their support to the continued development of the small ball within the county, further details are available through Michael at 087-2331983.

Minor format needs rethink

WATCHING last Sunday's All-Ireland Minor Hurling Championship semi-final between Limerick and Galway, a number of thoughts occurred.

Firstly, the brilliance of the Limerick display was a joy to behold and any side that registers a tally of 1-27 over 60 minutes of hurling deserve their place on the grand stage of All-Ireland final day.

However, the poverty of Galway's challenge once again calls to question the vagaries inherent in the minor championship draw.

How Galway can arrive at an All-Ireland semi-final with just one 'competitive' game behind them highlights the peculiarity that bedevils this championship.

That one game was against Antrim and without appearing too disrespectful to the Glensmen, it was hardly ideal preparation for facing up against the Munster champions.

Surely, a more equitable draw to all would have separated both Galway and Antrim at the MHC quarter-final stage with 
either team playing the defeated Munster and Leinster finalists?