Thursday 19 April 2018

U-21s prove their worth

WATCHING last Wednesday night's Munster U-21 hurling final, I couldn't help thinking how so many of the GAA's 'big wigs' wanted to scrap the grade in recent years. They ran a strong campaign, too, but thankfully, there was enough media opposition to help persuade the undecided that it would be a wrong move.

The reality is that the U-21 grade scores on all fronts; the players benefit as they move on from minor to senior level, while the public love it as a spectacle, as proven once again by the big crowd at the Gaelic Grounds on Wednesday. Presumably, the Galway-Limerick All-Ireland semi-final will be in Ennis, an ideal venue for a game that will attract a huge attendance.

Limerick's win over Cork made it a great year for the boys in green, who also progressed solidly at senior level. If Donal O'Grady wanted an incentive to stay in Limerick, he got it on Wednesday. Hurling is very much on the up in the county which is great to see, especially after the gloom of last year. It goes to show how much can change in a short space of time.

Irish Independent

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