Saturday 25 November 2017

'We want to take game to people'

"It would guarantee every county competing for the All-Ireland two home championship games every summer," said Lanigan.

"That would be a great promotion for hurling. As it is, several counties don't get the chance to stage even one home game, and many great players never get to play a championship game in their own county right through their careers.

"This proposal would change all that. As one county chairman said to me recently – hurling has to be brought back to the people."

He accepts there will be opposition to using a round-robin system to decide on the Munster and Leinster finalists but says it's worth a try.

"Players and supporters would get more games locally in summer. Our plan also includes putting more structure on the system so as to accommodate clubs," said Lanigan.

"We need more balance between games and training at club and county level. Why have so much time between games and fill it up with training sessions? What purpose does it serve? The game is for playing, not training."

The new system would require the championship to start earlier but Lanigan believes that's feasible.

"All we're trying to do is promote hurling by taking it back to the people and spreading championship games around the country," said Lanigan.

Irish Independent

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