Sunday 18 August 2019

Leinster hurling to plot way forward

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

Leinster Council will invite hurling stakeholders to a meeting later this year to discuss the best way forward for the province, writes Colm Keys.

The addition of a sixth team to the Leinster Championship has been taken off the table until the three-year trial for the existing championship structures is completed.

Leinster Council met last night to gauge the feeling of its delegates around this matter with plans to invite stakeholders with hurling interests to a gathering.

Last week, the provincial body's chairman Jim Bolger floated the idea of two four-team groups to accommodate some of the developmental counties. He also pointed out that the body's hands were tied on the issue of expansion until after 2020.

Carlow manager Colm Bonnar has led the calls for a sixth team to be added to the current five-team structure and has been backed up by Westmeath manager Joe Quaid.

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