Sunday 19 November 2017

No winners in league reshuffle

Cyril Farrell

I couldn't believe it when I heard last Saturday that Central Council had voted to cut the number of games in the Allianz Hurling League. Why on earth would they do that?

There are few enough counties capable of competing at the very highest level, yet several of them won't even play each other in the league. It would have made sense to restore quarter-finals and semi-finals so that the Division 1B teams would get a shot at the 1A counties in knockout stages, but, no, all we're getting are straight finals in both groups.

Meanwhile, semi-finals are back on the Division 1 football agenda. The whole affair makes you wonder if there's any connection between the management teams/players and the county board representatives who make the important decisions on competition structures. I doubt if the new arrangement suits very many players or managers, but they're getting it anyway. From what I can see, this is a losing situation all round.

Irish Independent

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