Saturday 7 December 2019

'It's not fair on us' - TJ Reid blasts call to stage All-Ireland club semi-finals in early January

TJ Reid of Ballyhale Shamrocks in action against Michael Walsh of St Mullin's during the AIB Leinster Senior Hurling Club Championship Final match between Ballyhale Shamrocks and St Mullin's at MW Hire O'Moore Park in Portlaoise, Co Laois. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
TJ Reid of Ballyhale Shamrocks in action against Michael Walsh of St Mullin's during the AIB Leinster Senior Hurling Club Championship Final match between Ballyhale Shamrocks and St Mullin's at MW Hire O'Moore Park in Portlaoise, Co Laois. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Michael Verney

Michael Verney

TJ Reid has blasted the GAA's decision to play the All-Ireland club semi-finals in the first week of January with the Kilkenny star branding it a "disgrace" that the players involved will have no time to enjoy the Christmas period.

Reid pulled few punches with a scathing assessment on the significant changes which see this year's All-Ireland club finals moved from their traditional date on St Patrick's Day to mid-January.

The semi-finals will be played two weeks previous with Henry Shefflin's Ballyhale side facing off against Ulster champions Slaughtneil on the weekend of January 4/5 and Reid feels that competing clubs are being punished for their success.

"I think it's a disgrace, the fourth of January, we have no time off. Christmas is a time to spend with your family and friends and enjoy it and now Henry has to drag us off to train over Christmas time," Reid told #OurGame.

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"I think it's wrong. That break and heading back training in January, lads had their time to enjoy Christmas, they had time to maybe go away for a few days over Christmas and New Year's time as well.

"Then you'd go back training the second week in January, All-Ireland semi-final in February and then All-Ireland final in March, now it's just crammed into one season and we have no time to enjoy ourselves.

"The fourth of January, it's crazy. There could be snow, sleet, who knows and it's not fair on us."

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