With the inevitable outcome of the Leinster hurling final that saw an ever rampant Kilkenny team demolish an ill-hearted, weak Wexford side one has to ask where does the future lie for hurling?
So what is a Hurling MATCH???? This is most defiantly the question the 40 international ambassadors that were invited along to to watch yet another Henry Shefflin & Co. expedition display. Hopefully the All-Ireland final might provide a degree of competitiveness with the predicable Cats v Rebels lineout unless a major upset is caused along the way.
So how can the game be saved for the neutral or even encourage non-championship counties or even foreign states to take up the greatest game in the world?
Its common knowledge that nothing provides more bandwagon jumpers than success... if we want children to start playing hurling we could start by providing them with heroes and role models. Just look at the success our national and provincial rugby teams have had in recent years and the explosive amount of youngsters that have taken to rugby clubs across the country. Or the impact on Irish soccer caused by the Jack Charlton era in the early 90’s.
Well I thoroughly believe that a successful campaign by Dublin or any other of the larger populated counties would do wonders for the future of hurling and would do no harm for RTE ratings either!