Eamon O’Shea strongly suggests that Div One in the hurling league should be comprised of 10 teams not the current 6. I couldn’t agree more. The current arrangement of only six teams in Div One is doing nothing for hurling in Dublin, Limerick, Offaly and Wexford.
Dublin hurling is where it is today because it spent 4 years in Division One. Dublin got better and better and eventually won the league in 2011.
They are now in Div 1B and it is not improving their hurling. This time last year they scored six quality goals against Kilkenny in Nowlan Park. They are not playing as well this year.
Unless there is a change Dublin or Limerick and Cork or Clare will be in Div 1B next year. This will be a big set back to those two teams. One of them will almost certainly win promotion again at the end of the campaign and confine the likes of Offaly and Wexford to remain in Div 1B. This will do nothing for Wexford or Offaly.
Carlow, Westmeath, Laois, Antrim etc will have a real chance of promotion if Div One was made up of 10 teams.
The 10 teams could be put in two groups of five – seeded in such a way that two of the top four teams are in each group. As five is not an even number the teams with a bye could play each other. That means that each team would play one team from the other group. This would guarantee each team five games instead of this year’s four. More importantly it would make a massive difference for four more teams.