League programme no good, chairman

THE game share out for the 2013 National Hurling League won’t do much to promote the sport, out-going Kilkenny chairman, Paul Kinsella, insisted in his annual address.

THE game share out for the 2013 National Hurling League won’t do much to promote the sport, out-going Kilkenny chairman, Paul Kinsella, insisted in his annual address.

Kilkenny will have a mere two home games.

“Surely this lack of exposure cannot be good,” the St Martin’s official suggested when he turned his attention to inter-county competitions. “Furthermore, it is very difficult to explain the difference in the number of games between hurling and football.

“Also, few games do not make any extra dates available for club games. Unfortunately, I believe that this will not change in the immediate future.”

Another thing of major importance to successful counties like Kilkenny was the playing of the All-Ireland final and semi-finals a week later.

“This increases the difficulty in having our local championships completed in time for the Leinster championships,” he argued. “Surely it would be better to have the All-Irelands on the first and third Sundays in September every year.”

Overall he said Kilkenny could be proud of the successful year the county enjoyed.

“The year 2012 will be remembered as the one when we reached another milestone in the illustrious story of the GAA in Kilkenny by winning our 34th All-Ireland senior hurling title after a replay, the first replay in over 50 years,” he said.

He acknowledged the achievements of the senior team that completed the National League/Championship double under manager, Brian Cody and his selection committee and congratulated all the various teams and competition winners.

He also praised individuals who created many records and received many individual awards for outstanding achievements.