The new system is very good, and Loughnan gave a very rational defense of it as you say. But I think it’s a shame Dublin have no hurling now for seven months. That is a shockingly long time for inactivity. I appreciate that if you don’t qualify you can’t go on - but I think some form of competition is better then just nothing.
Even for the players, the likes of Donal Burke played all year, gets a small injury and misses the entire summer of hurling. I do think there is scope for a secondary competition for the teams that aren’t going further, say involving the four teams that don’t qualify and the losers of the preliminary quarter finals. Sure, it’s a lesser competition and wouldn’t get a lot of attention, but it would give the lads some summer hurling.
It would also, in our case, give lads a chance that we will need next year. Cian Boland has only a tiny amount of game time but did very well. Curry and Conroy will get u21 game time, but it would be nice to see how they handle senior too. AJ Murphy has been doing well with Na Fianna and is exactly the type of player we need.
We actually have the forwards to come in and make a difference. But no one will see the best of them in January. It would be great to get a trial run with them this summer.