Friday 19 January 2018

McKaigue deserved better in Ulster

Chrissy McCaigue
Chrissy McCaigue
Martin Breheny

Martin Breheny

CHRISSY McKAIGUE'S comments about player welfare after playing for Ireland in the International Rules Test last Saturday night and for Derry hurling champions Slaughtneil in the AIB Ulster SH final the following day will, no doubt, drift harmlessly into the ether. They shouldn't.

"There is no concern for player welfare. I'm disappointed with the Ulster Council," he said.

Ulster usually complete their club hurling championship on the last Sunday in October, but surely this year's senior final could have been put back in order to facilitate McKaigue (left), who was, after all, playing for his country on Saturday night.

Cork, Clare and Dublin have yet to play their senior hurling finals. Only one game has been played in the Munster hurling championship, while Leinster begins its campaign next weekend.

So why was it so important for Ulster to complete their programme by the end of October? It left McKaigue with two games in less than 20 hours. That's not good enough, especially when it wasn't necessary.

Irish Independent

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