Last year, the GAA introduced a new restructuring the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship. While it was widely received with open arms, there were a few apparent flaws.
One issue was that some teams in the Munster Championship did not receive a rest weekend and played matches for four consecutive weeks in a row. A clear disadvantage and it took its toll on the teams that played for a month straight.
Tipperary and Waterford did not receive a rest weekend and finished 4th and 5th in the Munster Championship. Whereas Limerick, Cork and Clare all benefited from their break. The Bannermen and the Rebels made it to the Munster Senior Hurling Final. The Treatymen went on to achieve All-Ireland glory.
Last week at meeting in Limerick, The Munster Council decided that Championship will be played over a period over six weeks, allowing for a rest weekend for all counties, mid-way through the Championship.
So effectively, the Munster Championship will start a week earlier in 2019 on May 12th which allows for the break. The final set of round-robin games will still take place on the weekend of the 16th of June.
So what does this mean?
It means that we will have more hurling for a longer period this summer! So, is anyone else as excited as we are already?