LISTEN: "Galway have been nomads for too long" - What now for hurling out West?

Galway minor hurling manager Jeffrey Lynskey and Irish Examiner's John Fogarty discuss the future of hurling in Galway

BY Newstalk 21:46 Tuesday 13 December 2016, 21:46 13 Dec 2016

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Talks continue over Galway's proposed move to join the Munster Championship and on Monday evening a motion at the Galway GAA Annual Congress was unanimously passed that may see the move go ahead.

Complaints stem from the fact that Galway have yet to play a provincial championship match in their own county, despite joining the Leinster Championship in 2009. Their inclusion added much needed competition to the championship, with Kilkenny the only other current dominant force in the county.

Galway won their only Leinster title in 2012 and have played in a further four finals between 2010 and 2016.

Speaking on tonight's show, minor hurling manager Jeffrey Lynskey discussed the impact fewer games has on youth development. One worrying stat that was that the Galway minors completed roughly 70 training sessions in preparation for just one game.  

"That's it for the last two years, this year in particular," he explained. "With the structure the way it is, we've come in at quarter-final stage over the last ten years and before that we'd come in at semi-final stage. Last year we had four games and this year we won the All-Ireland with two.

"We played Antrim in the quarter-final, which wasn't ideal preparation for playing Tipperary who had five games under their belt and were well battle-hardened.

"You're getting the lads used to the occasion and you're building momentum. They're going up levels with regards the fitness side of it and the skills side of it. This year and last year in particular we would have seen the amount of improvement in them going game to game. This year we didn't have that with the Antrim game. What we're looking for at the end of the day is for a more level playing field for us in particular."

Lynskey referred to Monday night's vote and highlighted the desire for change within the county.

"It was a historic night in many ways, it was the largest attended convention ever... There was two sides to it as well; there was that vote and then there was the vote for the new county chairman. 

"The unanimous decision around the floor really was the mood for change and the mood for dialogue in particular with congress coming up."

You can listen to an earlier podcast on the subject by clicking the link below.


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