Fair play is right, I wasn’t having a go about Naas or Bray playing in Dublin I was genuinely interested does it happen elsewhere. I remeber when I was younger, many many moons ago, playing against Blessington in the Dublin leagues. I always wonder how those counties who loose those juvenile teams feel when the go to Dublin Leagues to play better teams and come back stronger and later age groups.
I actually saw that Naas team play a little while ago and was very impressive with whats going on down there, they have big numbers and some very strong young lads on that team. I was speaking with one of the mentors from Naas who was saying rugby was a big draw away from hurling as they go into secondary school. I think its a good thing for hurling to have good level of hurling being played no matter where the teams are from.
Yeah I agree no point in keeping them in a lower league and beating all around them, but what i mean is the bigger picture for club hurling, Going forward potentially having the two best teams in a league from the one club is a big conundrum. I think U12/ U13 is a crucial time for two reasons it the first competive games after Go Games with results etc and therefore its important to get clubs competing at the right level. Don’t want to kill hurling in small clubs. Secondly U12/U13 when they go from primary to seconadry school is usually a big fall off in numbers playing in both codes and even more so in hurling. Again if anyone from Crokes reading not having a go, the coaching they do out there and the managing the big playing resource they have is impressive. I dont know but i assume they must be in Div 1 in hurling and Football at every age group and have good second and third teams too.