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Ulster Senior Hurling Championship

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Replying To Past hurler:  "I agree with this.

The likes of Kerry, who are a good team but will always struggle in Munster Senior would do very well against all the Munster intermediate county teams.

Same for Offaly, Carlow, Meath and Westmeath. They could play against the Kilkenny, Galway and Wexford intermediate county teams.

Throw Antrim, Down and Derry in there too.

Intermediate All Ireland could be very competitive."
I've always thought this as well.

Kerry in Munster. Carlow, Meath, Westmeath, Kildare in Leinster. Mayo and Roscommon would be competitive in Connnacht. With Antrim second team Down, Derry and Armagh in Ulster. Would make for a good championship for all. The stronger counties would benefit from giving younger players more game time while the others would benefit from playing more games at a bit of a step up.

Problem is county boards won't support it as many have no interest in promoting the game and are happy with not having any extra games

oneoff (UK) - Posts: 705 - 04/12/2020 11:50:41    2318106

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The Ulster Senior Hurling Championship as a standalone competition is dead, dead I tell you.

Why you may ask.

1) The Joe McDonagh and the Christy Ring are the bigger priority
2) There's no time for it.
3) National leagues already overlap with club league fixtures.
4) Players have enough on their plates playing county one day and club the next.
5) Ulster Council screwed Down in a big way the last time it was played.
6) The Ulster Council haven't a puff when it comes to the needs of hurling

When the Ulster Hurling championship was in its pomp both Derry and Down were able to bloody Antrims nose once in a while and it was the gateway to an AI semi-final and even in the latter days a quarter final. When all that was changed the Senior hurling championship died a death and the club hurling championship took over.

bricktop (Down) - Posts: 2502 - 04/12/2020 13:41:42    2318172

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fair point bricktop!

saulgael (Down) - Posts: 553 - 04/12/2020 18:16:15    2318279

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Replying To bricktop:  "The Ulster Senior Hurling Championship as a standalone competition is dead, dead I tell you.

Why you may ask.

1) The Joe McDonagh and the Christy Ring are the bigger priority
2) There's no time for it.
3) National leagues already overlap with club league fixtures.
4) Players have enough on their plates playing county one day and club the next.
5) Ulster Council screwed Down in a big way the last time it was played.
6) The Ulster Council haven't a puff when it comes to the needs of hurling

When the Ulster Hurling championship was in its pomp both Derry and Down were able to bloody Antrims nose once in a while and it was the gateway to an AI semi-final and even in the latter days a quarter final. When all that was changed the Senior hurling championship died a death and the club hurling championship took over."
It had been used as a warm up for the Ring and Rackard cups before the whole fiasco in 2006 with New York. It also at one stage had all the counties plus London

oneoff (UK) - Posts: 705 - 04/12/2020 22:08:59    2318360

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Replying To bricktop:  "The Ulster Senior Hurling Championship as a standalone competition is dead, dead I tell you.

Why you may ask.

1) The Joe McDonagh and the Christy Ring are the bigger priority
2) There's no time for it.
3) National leagues already overlap with club league fixtures.
4) Players have enough on their plates playing county one day and club the next.
5) Ulster Council screwed Down in a big way the last time it was played.
6) The Ulster Council haven't a puff when it comes to the needs of hurling

When the Ulster Hurling championship was in its pomp both Derry and Down were able to bloody Antrims nose once in a while and it was the gateway to an AI semi-final and even in the latter days a quarter final. When all that was changed the Senior hurling championship died a death and the club hurling championship took over."
In what way did the Ulster council screw Down? Its just something I've not heard before

Irishcelt (Wicklow) - Posts: 149 - 05/12/2020 03:15:27    2318398

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