'The Munster Championship is a battlefield but it needs a few tweaks' - Cadogan calls for longer recovery periods
Alan Cadogan has witnessed the Munster SHC round-robin series as both a spectator and a player - and the Cork hurling star believes it's far from perfect, with more down-time needed between games.
Cadogan watched from the sidelines last year as he nursed a knee injury, but with a clean bill of health the Rebel attacker returned to action against Limerick last month and he has been in scintillating form.
While acknowledging the immense drama which weekly games provide to the public, the 26-year-old feels further breaks are needed between rounds to ensure adequate recovery for players given the rigours of their everyday lives and work off the pitch.
"It is extremely tough on the body. It's physically demanding. I notice after matches that you're mentally tired because you're preparing. You lose one game and there's no time to cry about it," Cadogan said at yesterday's launch of Leisureplex's 'Share Your Summer' campaign. "You have to get back up again. You're not going to do that much in a week so there are a few tweaks that can be made. From a spectator's view, it's brilliant. In my profession as a teacher, I was on holidays for the last two games.
"But other fellas still have to get up and go to work in the morning, fellas who are in offices or work for themselves and can't afford to take that time off and there can be tweaks because it's extremely tiring on people and expecting them to go the following week.
"This is my first year experiencing the week in, week out and I'm thoroughly enjoying it and my hurling at the moment. The Munster Championship is a battlefield but there are probably a few small tweaks needed."
With Cork awaiting the losers of Sunday's Joe McDonagh Cup final in a preliminary All-Ireland quarter-final, Cadogan will be busy keeping his eyes on Laois and Westmeath as well as the Munster final.
John Meyler's men lifted provincial honours for the last two years but Tipperary and Limerick do battle in the LIT Gaelic Grounds in a mouth-watering tie he finds difficult to predict.
"Tipp play that open, expansive hurling. They've critical players up in the forward line, the same as Limerick. There are no out-and-out sweepers, which is good for hurling, good for the public," he said.
"I don't think there'll be anything in it. Maybe the Gaelic Grounds will have a bit of a factor towards Limerick but the two best teams are in the final, no complaints with that."