Saturday 16 December 2017

Baker's view of format flaws valid

Martin Breheny

Martin Breheny

Here's what Ollie Baker (right) said after Offaly's exit from the hurling championship at the hands of Waterford last Saturday: "It's just a pity that we are out on June 22 and our next competitive game won't be until next February. These lads deserve better than that from the organisation."

He's right.

Just past mid-summer's day and Offaly and Antrim have nothing to look forward to for over seven months.

They will be joined by Wexford or Carlow, Westmeath or Waterford next Saturday.

Whatever about formats and the complexities they entail, there's something deeply flawed with the system when inter-county players face the second six months of the year without a single game, a fate that by next Sunday evening will also await eight football squads.

Irish Independent

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