I think “mess” is too strong tbh…
How many league games would the likes of Fenton (superstar) or say any of the squad players have played for their clubs this year? I think Jim has been relatively fair in this regard (compared to previous managers).
One or two more would probably be the most I would ask of these guys.
If Connolly was to play half of Vin’s league games (reckon he plays far less than that at present), that would be 8. Add to that say 5 Club Champo games. Dublins 8 league games and 6 (hopefully) champo games. That would give him say 27 matches a year (in football). Throw in a few club hurling league and champo games. that could come up to say 35. This assumes no replays, AI clubs, or OB cup.
This is about the same as your bog standard club dual player (16+16+champo).
I think most would support having a couple of months of no games in Dec/Jan. So we could be talking a game every 1.25 weeks (or 9 days) over the 10 month “season”.
Without being a professional athlete, that is a lot…
The crux of ALL of the scheduling and calendar issues in the GAA is the dual player…
No other sport suffers this. There aren’t enough weeks in the year to accommodate it effectively. It requires compromise.
As a football/hurling only player, you get approx 20 games per year (cup games get canceled or are a sham due to lack of hurlers). Over a 40+ week season. its not enough, but I don’t think it can be dramatically improved. Maybe a game or two extra for round robin champo…that’s it…won’t change, cant change…there just aren’t enough weeks in the year.