Thursday 18 July 2019

Leinster has 2021 hurling vision: Momentum gathering for the possibility of a six-team championship

Jim Bolger, Leinster GAA Chairman. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Jim Bolger, Leinster GAA Chairman. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Michael Verney

Michael Verney

Momentum is gathering for the possibility of a six-team Leinster SHC - or even an eight-team championship split into two groups of four - but Leinster GAA chairman Jim Bolger insists any plan would not come into effect until 2021 if passed.

Laois's preliminary All-Ireland quarter-final defeat of Dublin last Sunday has further pushed the talks for an expansion to the current five-team set-up, but GAA rules would prevent such developments happening next year as it would first have to be passed at the 2020 GAA Congress.

"We have a Leinster council meeting next Tuesday night and we will discuss it," said Bolger. "It is timely to review it now and we will look at what options are available to us. We will know next week what the feeling is when the counties get together.

"I am certainly conscious of the impact of yo-yoing for one team. It is easier to ensure teams are able to sustain what they have learnt by going up against stiffer opposition, with due respect to the Joe McDonagh group."

GAA Newsletter

Expert GAA analysis straight to your inbox.

Irish Independent

The Throw-In: Kerry back to their best, Connolly’s return and Cork’s baffling inconsistency

In association with Bord Gáis Energy

Editor's Choice

Also in Sport