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Inter-County Stars Favour New Hurling System But Changes Needed

As part of a PA Roundtable ahead of the All Ireland Hurling Final between Galway and Limerick, we spoke to inter-county stars, Austin Gleeson, Liam Rushe, John McGrath and Conor McDonald about their predictions for the titanic tussle.

When asked about their thoughts on the new round-robin format that came into effect this summer, all players were unanimous in their support given the standard of competitive games produced as a result. However they were in agreement that “tweaks” would need to be made to ensure that no team has to play four games in a row.


Austin Gleeson: When it came out first I was worried if players would be able to withstand the demand put on them. How wrong was I! The new format has been an absolute joy to watch. Look at some of the games we have had this year. Three or four from this season could easily go into the top ten games of the past decade.

For a year where the GAA have been questioned on some of their decisions, this is the decision that not one person can argue with. It has been a mesmerizing summer of hurling and hopefully, Sunday can top it all off with a classic between two strong, physical and fit teams. Best of luck to both sets of players involved.


Liam Rushe: A roaring success. However, I think it needs to be tweaked so that nobody plays four games in a row next year.

It gives an unfair advantage to the rested team.



John McGrath: Not from a Tipperary point of view! As a spectacle, it’s the most competitive and entertaining championship I can remember.

With some small tweaks, such as every team getting a rest during the provincial championships, next year could be better.



Conor McDonald: The new format has been a massive success, however, each team needs a break at the same time in the provincial format.

It has definitely been a great year.


You can read the full roundtable with Austin Gleeson, Liam Rushe, John McGrath and Conor McDonald here.


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Author: Marisa Kennedy

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