Monday 19 February 2018

Super 11s return to Boston

The Fenway Hurling Classic will return to Boston in November (stock picture)
The Fenway Hurling Classic will return to Boston in November (stock picture)

Michael Verney

Hurling's much-debated Super 11s format will make its return to Boston this year with the Fenway Hurling Classic taking place in the world-famous home of the Boston Red Sox in November.

Watched by 28,000 spectators, Galway and Dublin tore strips off each other two years ago in a game remembered for the physical confrontations between opposing teams rather than the action on the ballpark. And it seems that was enough to whet the appetite for more with the event to be expanded to a hurling double-header on November 19.

It's a controversial topic with many believing that the money spent on raising the profile of hurling and other Gaelic Games to a broader global audience should instead be ploughed into grassroots GAA.

Although no teams have been confirmed, it is expected that Dublin's hurlers will take part in an event which looks set to be broadcast on TG4.

Meanwhile, times have been confirmed for the Allianz HL league semi-finals on Sunday, April 16 with Limerick and Galway clashing in the Gaelic Grounds at 2.0, followed by Tipperary and Wexford in Nowlan Park at 4.0 while former Offaly hurler and barrister Rory Hanniffy has been appointed as secretary of the Disputes Resolution Authority (DRA).

Irish Independent

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