Time to bring the fun back
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.