Originally Posted by premierstone
No no big difference here, you are not comparing like with like, Rugby and Soccer are not covered by a parish rule and as a result generally have a larger pick/pool of players. You are suggesting that players only play their relevant grade or if they are playing an age group above they dont play for their own age group, well this would be the end of the small rural clubs who are already on their knees.
Not aimed at you Hardy but one thing that really annoys me is when people say '' oh but look at the way they do it in Soccer and Rugby'' they are not the same and they have many faults aswell, its like some GAA supporters have an inferiority complex to other sports at times, trust me as a follower of all three sports Rugby and Soccer could learn alot from the GAA and vice versa obviously.
Well to compare like with like, Dublin won the All Ireland football this year, got to an All Ireland hurling semi final, All Ireland U21 hurling and minor finalists, and minor football finalists.
While the freakish success of their county teams this year enforced a restructure of their hurling Championship to knockout after 2nd round, they still had Adult Leagues which offered about 15 games in total, with a game once a fortnight normally. Add to this a few ancillary district cup competitions, plus championship.
In Down you may play 18-20 league games before you add in Championship action.
Those two examples contrast with Waterford, where a senior player might get 5 league games and 5 championship games. If you aren't playing senior you won't have the opportunity to play in any league fixtures, and can expect literally months between games at various points in the season.
This is my real point: GAA in Waterford doesn't offer players nearly enough games. There is an assumption that players either do not want to or could not play a game every week. In other counties, and in other sports, we see that this is very much not the case.