Saturday 25 November 2017

Moyna calls for Sigerson change to limit burnout risk

Niall Moyna
Niall Moyna
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

Sigerson Cup winning manager Niall Moyna believes the GAA should explore new ways of running the tournament, branding the current format - with the semi-finals and final played off in consecutive days - 'old fashioned'.

DCU firmly established themselves as a footballing powerhouse with a third title in six seasons in Cork last weekend, seeing off UCD and then hosts UCC.

But after seeing some of his players play more than 140 minutes of top-level football in 24 hours after Saturday's final went to extra-time, Moyna (below) expressed concern that the format asked too much of teams and increased the likelihood of players picking up serious injury.

"It's a little bit old-fashioned, I think," said the Monaghan native.

"Asking guys to come out and play two games in two days is like asking for trouble.

"And extra-time as well, as we had here. That's tough, with the possibility of player getting injured, and missing the whole season.

"Now, it's great excitement, but if you're thinking about the players, and how we can progress this forward, Wednesday games is one possible solution.

"I'm not saying it's the only solution."

Moyna pointed out that such is the interest in the third-level competition, their semi-final clash with UCD would have attracted a significant crowd had it been played in Dublin on a week night.

"I think they should play the whole thing over Wednesday afternoons, and the final on Wednesday night, under floodlights, at a venue where you going to get 4,000-5,000," he said.

"We had small crowd here, but when we played UCD on Friday, had that game been in Parnell Park, I reckon we'd have had 3,000-4,000. It would have been a great game for people to come and watch.

"This structure has served us well in the past, but when you talk about the whole thing of burnout, and players playing two games in two days, there are other ways.

"It would be much easier to calendar in Wednesday games," he continued.

"And it would make it much easier on the players as well."

Irish Independent

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