Kilkenny club hurling: In face of packed new inter-county programme clubs want their games unchanged

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Kilkenny club hurling: In face of packed new inter-county programme clubs want their games unchanged

The current format of the Kilkenny hurling league/championships look like it will be retained for the 2018 season.
Because of the structures of the new inter-county senior hurling championship, those games will dominate the May to August period for successful counties and will impact seriously on club fixtures.
But Kilkenny clubs have decided they will adapt and the status quo for the local senior, intermediate and junior leagues and championships will be retained.
That was the proposal from a specially convened meeting of club chairmen and secretaries on Monday night, when the reshaped inter-county fixtures list for 2018 was discussed.
The proposal from Monday’s meeting will now be put to a full gathering of the County Board, the decision making body in the county, when the wishes of clubs are expected to be rubber stamped.
In excess of 90% of clubs were represented at the meeting, and delegates voiced serious concerns about the impact the new inter-county fixtures programme will have on local games.
The new inter-county format, which involves a round robin series of matches in Leinster and Munster - Leinster beginning on May 13 and finishing on July 1 - was agreed at a special GAA Congress recently.
The advice from clubs to the incoming Fixtures Committee in Kilkenny for 2018 was that the league section of competitions should begin in April.
And the dates for a minimum of one round of matches could be moveable, depending on the progress of Kilkenny in the senior championship.
However, clubs would like to have three rounds of the leagues played before the end of August.
There was also big support for the suggested introduction of a new under-19 hurling league/championship in the county.
This competition is aimed at halting the serious fall off of players in the 18 to 21 age group, which has been described as “an epidemic” in recent times.
Again the County Board will have the final say on whether or not this competition should be introduced.