Many thanks to all those who took the time to respond to the issue of regional teams participating in the Dublin senior hurling championship. The following responses have been received to date:
“As a participant in the Regional Teams over the last number of years, I feel that I should add some balance to the ill- informed, anonymous comments on the front page of your website.
I feel that the teams should be continued in some shape or form. They have given players from the non-senior “A” clubs a chance to play at the top level. This year over 100 players from the lower divisions played hurling at a higher level. I feel that if the Regional Teams were given proper space in the calendar year to prepare for the championship, they would be a great addition to the senior A championship.
Many teams, including club teams, received bad beating this year. The Regional Teams improved as the championship progressed, which proves that given the space to develop they can impact on the championship. The other championships should be completed before the senior “A” starts in order to avoid players having to choose between Club and the Regional Team.
“Interested in debate on regional teams. Went to watch North East play and was genuinely impressed by their morale, motivation and eagerness to play. Maybe comes as a result of their involvement with Fingal. Team well prepared within limits of gathering together players whose first focus is on their clubs. The opportunity to play against inter-county players was a huge incentive. Standard wise there was a huge improvement in their performance in game three as opposed to game one.
Curtailing the involvement may not be the most positive step. Three years is not enough to justify the success or failure of a pilot scheme. Players involved in regional teams bring back experience and expectations to their club. Hold your nerve and let the idea flourish.”
“While I agree with the principle of Regional Teams, I feel that possibly- 2 Regional Teams should be tried for a 3 year period. I feel 4 regions may be over stretching somewhat.
Despite some Regional Teams not performing well in general, I have attended a few games where prominent clubs such as Craobh Chiarain- O Tooles, Lucan Sarsfields could have been beaten over the last two championships by regional sides.
Two regional teams should, on paper, provide a more challenging prospect to senior clubs, the divide of the regions be it North/South or East/ West would need to be agreed.
The senior B championship should also be concluded before asking players to involve themselves in a regional side, allowing the regional managers a reasonable chance of access to a squad and a fair chance of challenging for the senior A championship.”
“I think the Dublin County Board should reduce the regional teams from 4 to 2, but the senior B championship should be completed before the Senior A championship begins. 2 Regional teams would have more time to prepare if this is so some of the regional teams were still looking for players to tog out 2 days before there 1st championship game which is crazy for a senior A championship team. Maybe this can be accommodated if relegation was scraped this year but still promote the winners and runners up of the B championship.”
” I would suggest just entering two regional teams into the SHC as I think that four teams is stretching the resources too much.
Instead of regionalising the teams I would pick two teams from all the teams mixing the regions up picking the best 40 players available and placing 20 on each panel.
You would have two balanced and stronger teams to compete in the Senior hurling championship. Players would make themselves available if they thought they had a good chance of
making an impression in the championship not just making up numbers.”
“The problem seems to be that the selectors cannot get the players to regular training sessions because of club commitments. While no regional team has made an impact yet it was noticeable that 2 squad teams ran the opposition very close in the round 3 games which suggests that they could be much better if they were together more often. The concept is good and is a great success in other counties eg Cork and Kerry. Maybe we need to give it more time and more co-operation from fixtures committee and from clubs”
Thanks again to all those who responded.