Hurling has a shot to nothing on championship reforms

Both games can be profitably engaged in the GAA’s latest period of experimentation

Hurling has always had a shortage of competitive counties compared to football. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Hurling has always had a shortage of competitive counties compared to football. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

What’s at stake in Croke Park this Saturday?

There is a suspicion that the GAA’s special congress is something of an afterthought. The major campaign to persuade counties that a round-robin format at the quarter-final stage of the football championship was worth a three-year trial could be said to have created a backwash that something needed to be done for hurling.

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