Former Wexford Gaelic footballer PJ Banville believes that Wexford football is is trouble if there isn’t a change by Wexford GAA…
Although his club reached the semi-final stages of the competition, Banville noted that with the split-season, it is becoming increasingly difficult as a football club.
The hurling is placed first on Wexford’s GAA calendar, and it’s then followed by the football championship. This has not been changed since the incorporation of the split season in Wexford GAA.
Speaking to Wexford GAA TV following his side’s win in the Intermediate Football quarter-final last weekend, Banville stated that:
“It’s getting harder every year, especially with the way the system is. I’m hoping the GAA will do something; I’m hoping they’ll put football first.
With football coming second, it’s very hard to fully concentrate. We didn’t have a practice match this year, believe it or not.
We went straight into a championship with no trainings for ten weeks. There was six or eight weeks of hurling, the lads were hurling for three weeks before that and rightly so.
It’s so hard for football teams. We’ll be hoping that next year, football teams will have a proper crack at it. Being straight honest with you, I think Wexford football is in trouble if something is not changed. It’s only fair if they switch every year,” he said.
The topic has formed an interesting debate over the last few months in Wexford GAA circles. While the hurling clubs could argue that the summer weather is needed to play the game at the highest level, football clubs could argue the same.
The Wexford footballers currently play in Division 4 of the National Football League – and Banville, along with many other predominantly club football teams, would argue that the system currently in place in Wexford GAA doesn’t help to promote the best of football within the county.
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