Friday 22 February 2019

'Start pre-season earlier' - Reynolds

Leinster CEO Michael Reynolds. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Leinster CEO Michael Reynolds. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Martin Breheny

Martin Breheny

Pre-season GAA competitions should start in early December to avoid the experiences of the past week when bad weather caused major problems.

That's according to Leinster CEO Michael Reynolds, who believes that trying to pack them in between late December and the third weekend in January is too risky.

"Squads are back training by early December anyway so there's no reason why a few rounds of the pre-season competitions couldn't be played before Christmas.

"Most team managers are experimenting so it's not as if players who have been on the go until September will be needed. Playing some of the pre-season games in the first few weeks of December would ease the pressure in January when the weather is often worse," he said.

Gales and heavy rain last night week and heavy frost last Sunday disrupted games, thus adding to the workload for players as provinces attempt to complete the competitions before the start of the football and hurling leagues. Several games were called off in Ulster and Connacht last Sunday due to frozen pitches.

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"We were lucky enough in Leinster but some of that was down to the venues for the games. They weren't frozen so we could go ahead. If they had been fixed for some other venues it might have been a different story," said Reynolds, who does not accept that an early December start would lead to squads being recalled for training ahead of schedule.

"We're talking about pre-season competitions here. I can't see managers bringing squads back early to train for them," he said.

Meanwhile, the Munster Council are on the look-out for a new secretary following Simon's Moroney's announcement that he is to step down in a few months' time.


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