Even though the Wexford Senior Hurling Championship is one of the best out there, it still does need some tweaking to perfect it…
Wexford star and St Martins club man, Rory O’Connor, was recently speaking to Wexford GAA TV about the championship.
This year, he had the opportunity to watch from the sidelines and to take it all in.
That’s because an injury has ruled him out for most of the championship.
“Ideally, we’d want to be able to play every second week, but unfortunately we cannot do that. There’s hurling to be played and there’s football to be played, so the weeks just aren’t there.”
“It’s certainly difficult for players if they are to pick up an injury. Even the smallest of injuries could have you missing two matches or three matches; the championship could be into the quarter-final stages and if you get a knock then, you could be out for the semi-final or the final.”
“To be honest, I don’t really have an answer on what the best format is – bar adding a few extra weeks to the calendar.”
“I do think when structures are being made, it is important to get a player’s point of view. There are the ones that are playing every five, six, or seven days. They’re the ones that are putting their bodies on the line, carrying injuries, and even playing matches with injuries,” O’Connor said to WexfordGAATV.
St Martins’ manager Daithí Hayes echoed O’Connor’s sentiments, and he stated that the “condensed championship” meant that there was “not much time for recovery” and that he picks his team on the Thursday night before the championship weekend typically.
St Martins will be without the three O’Connors for this week’s Wexford Senior hurling final. They’ll be without Rory and Jack due to injury, while Joe is travelling.
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