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Expansion Of Leinster Senior Hurling Championship On The Cards

The potential expansion of the Leinster Senior Hurling Championship will be discussed at a Leinster Council meeting next week. 

Leinster GAA Chairman Jim Bolger revealed that two different proposals will be considered – expanding to the competition to six or eight teams. The eight-team proposal would involve two groups of four.

Laois causing the upset of the summer with their win over Dublin has only reinforced the calls for the championship to be expanded.

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“We have a Leinster council meeting next week and we will discuss it at that,” Bolger told The42 at Wednesday’s PwC player of the month awards.

“I suppose in one respect, if you have six teams, it is ran off in the same time-frame and it is the same for everybody, rather than having two weeks of a rest before the next big game, so we can look at it in that context.

“This hasn’t come up today or yesterday. I even mentioned at looking at having two groups of four at one stage because we were looking at Carlow, Laois, Offaly and Westmeath, we felt they had closed the gap to a level that allowed us to look at that option.

Leinster Senior Hurling Championship

“It is timely to review it now and we will look at what options are available to us. We will know next week what the feeling is when the counties go together.”

If one of these proposals are passed, the likely implementation will occur in 2021 rather than next season.

Bolger went on to argue that teams dropping into the Joe McDonagh Cup and gaining promotion to Leinster championship year-on-year could inhibit their development and that it would be more beneficial for the likes of Laois, Westmeath, Carlow and Offaly to be competing amongst the best on a regular basis.

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