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Sunday 17 December 2017

Dublin minor 'duals' deserve to be protected from fixture overkill

I SEE that some Waterford officials were up in arms earlier this week after their minors were scheduled to play on opposite weekends to their seniors.

I'm aware that Dublin had priority as Leinster champions, contrary to the notion going around that the decision was made was to facilitate Dublin supporters, but there's another point worth reiterating here -- the Dublin minor footballers and hurlers have four dual players on their respective starting 15s.

I'm all for regular games, but as the Dublin minor footballers play on Monday evening against Cork in an All-Ireland quarter-final in Portlaoise, would it be fair to ask those young dual players to line out again in an All-Ireland hurling semi-final just six days later?

No, it wouldn't -- and if supporters have to be discommoded as a result, then I believe it's a small price to pay to help nurture the dual player, a rare breed in today's game, regardless of which county they play with.

However, just as Waterford fans will have to make the trip twice to headquarters, then it's also up to the supporters from the capital to travel in numbers to Portlaoise on the Bank Holiday Monday evening to get behind their minor footballers in what should be a cracking clash against the Leesiders.

Irish Independent

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