If a lad playing on a clubs second team has any ambition of playing on the clubs first team at any grade then they should be going full out to prove themselves of being capable of making the first team by being dominant on the clubs second team. So if we have lads requesting transfers because they cannot go up a level while playing on a clubs second team they would want to have a look at themselves instead of the competition structures.
I presume my own club will be senior 2 championship and all county intermediate championship. For a young lad who is looking to get onto the first team then playing against other clubs second teams is a great way to guage if you are currently good enough and would get you in the mindset of what you have to do to get onto the first team.
Id love to see something similar in the hurling championships. I know there are not as many hurling teams but it gives smaller clubs more to play for. An all county intermediate hurling championship would work. Boden, Crokes, Cuala, Judes, Vincents, Brigids, Lucan, Plunketts, Faughs, Na Fianna,BSJ, Crumlin and Whitehall all have second teams playing from AHL 2-5 and have plenty of players coming through to be competitive against each other in a championship.
I know the argument in both codes will be “well if you can’t beat a clubs second team how are you supposed to beat a first team” but if we are to develop players from weaker clubs they need to test themselves against the best. It might be an eye opener for players themselves on what they have to do to develop.