Wrap it up for xmas
RONAN LYNCH says he would support wrapping up the AIB All-ireland Club Championships before Christmas.
Last month the GAA published its fixtures plan for 2018, with radical changes making space for club games, including moving the All-ireland finals at inter-county level forward by a fortnight.
However, the club finals haven’t been shifted from their traditional St Patrick’s Day slot, meaning the semi-finals and finals in both codes will still be strung out.
Limerick hurler Lynch, who won the All-ireland club hurling title with Na Piarsaigh last year, said: “Winning it on St Patrick’s Day is a big thing, a fantastic thing to have it on your national holiday and win an Ali-ireland club.
“But I think players would prefer to have it wrapped up pre-christmas. There is too much overlap in the way the fixtures are at the moment.
“It’s tough to say it. I could offer a solution, but there would be problem no matter what solution is proposed.
“If we were to win on Sunday [in the Munster final], or Ballygunner, there is a huge break. Our semi-final isn’t played until February.
“You are not getting a break, you are going to be in for periods training with your county.”
He added: “If you look at soccer, the highest paid players in the world, they have a pre-season tour of China and Japan or something for a month, whereas hurling the pre-season is eight months for an inter county team and we are amateur players.
“It doesn’t really add up. These guys are multimillionaires like and they get their holiday at the end of the year and a pre-season of a month and they are back into action again then.”
HONOUR Lynch won title on St Patrick’s Day 2016