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Limerick may boycott league

LIMERICK could boycott next year's Allianz Hurling League if they are not restored to an enlarged eight-team Division One.

The recent Central Council vote to restructure the NHL saw Limerick banished to a new six-team Division 1B instead of playing in the top-flight to which they had earned promotion last spring. Wexford, having avoided relegation on the pitch, were also 'demoted' but all eight Division One counties have now submitted the same motion, seeking a reversion to this season's format.

Otherwise, Limerick county board secretary Mike O'Riordan has warned they could withdraw. "It was discussed at our last county board meeting where clearance was given to pursue change and, if that was not forthcoming, withdraw from the league," O'Riordan declared.

GAA director-general Páraic Duffy said he could understand where the eight counties were "coming from, and at the moment we haven't found a way of reconciling that. But I wouldn't rule out the possibility of making some kind of compromise yet."

Kilkenny defender Brian Hogan has joined the debate, saying he doesn't think "anyone has any coherent idea where they are going" with the NHL structure.