To the delight of many, it looks like the split season could be here to stay for another while yet…
Before Shelmalier’s captain Simon Donohoe lifted the Wexford Senior hurling championship trophy last weekend, Derek Kent spoke briefly.
He spoke about the winners, the losers, the challenges faced by the GAA, and about the potential future in a ‘split season’ for Wexford GAA.
Previously, Wexford GAA clubs would play hurling one week and then they would play Gaelic football the next week.
For dual clubs pushing for both of these codes, this system is far from ideal as the players aren’t getting the appropriate preparation.
Speaking to RTE Radio 1’s Morning Ireland, Kent reiterated his views on how he sees the split season as the way forward for Wexford GAA.
“When your back is to the wall, you think outside the box. We looked at the challenge of hurling and football and the dual club, having to play hurling one week and football another week.“
“We didn’t know what the time-frame was, so when we balanced that we decided to go with blocks of hurling and blocks of football.”
“It was a major success and a genuine dual club that won the hurling in both senior and intermediate (Crossabeg-Ballymurn).I think playing blocks of hurling (and then football) is the way forward for Wexford, for however long we don’t know.”
Both Davy Fitzgerald and Wexford GAA stalwart Brian Malone also believe it’s the way forward for both codes in the county.
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