You can play league matches all you like with your club but we all know they are light years removed from the standard, pace and physicality of last Saturday night. If those lads had a couple of club championship matches between the Leinster final and last weekend that would have surely made a difference.
Shooting drills are grand but there is no consequence if you miss. A miss and you are out scenario in even one club championship game is better than 10 hours of shooting drills.
The nettle has to be grasped for 2017 in respect of club championship to have our minor, U21 and seniors ready for battle. Minors must play adult club championship. U21 and seniors need 4 to 5 championship matches across May to August. Like it might only be one match a month. It's hardly a big effin deal to organise county training around it. If we suffer a few injuries so be it. We had 18 - 20 wides in normal time on Saturday. Nobody wants to be too harsh on lads who gave absolutely everything in Thurles at the weekend but this low scores to chances created ratio is a reoccurring theme with all our county teams. Something has to be done to solve the problem. Properly run adult club championships is the answer.
We must change to a Kilkenny type model and stick with it for 7 or 8 years at least. Producing late bloomers like John Joe Farrell, Shane Prendergast etc is also being put down to the competiveness of their club competitions.
Also county footballers can't be let hold up club championship either. This nonsense of footballers dictating hurling championship fixtures is even going on in the senior b championship at the moment.