Dublin are calling for last season’s NHL format to be retained – just weeks after voting in favour of the new structures proposed by the Hurling Work Group.
The NHL champions were due to play in an eight-team Division 1 in 2012 along with Kilkenny, Tipperary, Cork, Galway, Waterford, Limerick and Wexford until proposals to increase the division to 12 teams and then split it into two groups of six were passed at the August meeting of Central Council.
The top eight hurling counties will meet GAA director-general Paraic Duffy in Croke Park today to outline their grievances with the new structures and explaining Dublin’s reasons for changing their mind, chairman Andy Kettle pointed out their Central Council delegate had voted in favour of the new six-team divisional system without semi-finals last month on the assumption it would mean more free weekends for club games.
However, after learning the league will conclude on the May Bank Holiday weekend, the board executive changed their opinion.
“Initially, Dublin’s stance was with the successful option as the less games there are, the better it is for us to play club games,” Kettle told the Irish Examiner.
“However, we later learned the finish date is not going to change whereas the start date is (from February to March). At that time of the year, that’s not much leeway for clubs to work with.”
“We’re very much open to discussion, particularly the reintroduction of this year’s format with eight teams and no semi-finals. To my mind, that should satisfy both Limerick and Wexford who would retain their Division 1 status unlike the new format.”