Time to bring the fun back

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OUT­GO­ING hurl­ing of­fi­cer Jim Bob Doyle said that coaches in Wick­low GAA needed to bring more fun into games in the county to boost the en­joy­ment lev­els for chil­dren and to get more sup­port­ers in­ter­ested.

“I do think our coaches should bring more fun into our games it looks to me our play­ers are more afraid of los­ing than want­ing to win,” he wrote in his re­port to Con­ven­tion last Satur­day evening in Aughrim.

“This is why games out­side our own county at the age of 16 would be great for our boys and hope­fully would bring back the fun into hurl­ing.

“The na­tional Feile at the age of 14 is a great ex­am­ple of this.

“All the clubs want to get to the Feile and apart from a few teams at the very top of the pile the rest of us just want our boys and girls to en­joy them­selves.

“Le­in­ster must look at this idea and for the weaker coun­ties pro- vide a com­pe­ti­tion to pro­mote hurl­ing at the age of 16.

“I know I will get queries be­cause of the Ju­nior Cert but some in­tel­li­gent per­son in full­time em­ploy­ment from Le­in­ster coun­cil can work some­thing out if they want this idea to go ahead,” he added.

“At Se­nior level, just pic­ture teams from Dublin, Wex­ford, Car­low, and Kil­dare com­ing into Wick­low to play games once a week. Would that get the sup­port­ers in­ter­ested?” he wrote.

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