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THE INAUGURAL Panda Under-19 hurling championship concludes this week with the last three finals down for decision, and it’s clear that a lot of fine-tuning will be required if the competition is to find a permanent place on the calendar.

With such a high level of withdrawals and walkovers, it would be stretching it to say that it has been an overall success.

One aspect that surely needs looking at is the number of grades involved. Is it really beneficial, or even necesssary, to have four championships - Premier and Divisions 1, 2 and 3 - with such a low level of entry?

Perhaps just two grades, with Cup and Shield finals for both to ensure that four teams receive silverware, would be a better option.

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That debate is for another day, though, as for the moment the focus is on the action tonight (Wednesday) and tomorrow in the Premier, Division 1 and Division 2 championship finals.

Faythe Harriers and Buffers Alley will battle it out for top-flight honours in Chadwicks Wexford Park tonight, while Rapparees will be looking to repeat a previous win over Blackwater when they meet in the Division 1 decider in St. Patrick’s Park.

And the Enniscorthy venue will also host Thursday’s Division 2 final which is a re-run of an earlier group game, with Ballynastragh Gaels aiming to record a double over Duffry Rovers.

With Faythe Harriers out of all adult competition, whereas Buffers Alley are still engaged on two fronts in county semi-finals, that may work in the town team’s favour.

Having said that, the Gorey District lads have looked very impressive on their way to the final, so a high-quality game is on the cards.


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