Has the decision to bring the intercounty football and hurling championships been a good one? It has certainly made for an ultra-hectic April and May in the sporting calendar, with GAA vying with soccer, rugby and other sports for attention. In his column today, Darragh O’Sé writes the GAA is losing out big time as other sports reach their endgames. “There’s ducking and diving and dodging going on against a lot of other sports – the Champions League, Heineken Cup, the endgame to the English Premier League – that it is all so hectic just now and they’re getting lost in the midst of it all,” he writes. “It is like bumper cars; and I think the GAA are losing!”
This weekend the matches include Dublin v Meath in Gaelic football and Waterford v Cork in hurling and there are interviews with former players Anthony Nash and Cian O’Sullivan. Nash expects a mighty Cork effort in last-chance saloon as victory over Waterford would change the picture completely for the Rebel County, while Cian O’Sullivan is highly optimistic of Dublin’s chances this year as he believes his former colleagues are still a match for the best. Meanwhile in Seán Moran’s column today, he writes that the rule barring MacCarthy Cup hurlers playing under-20 is not unreasonable.