Rower-Inistioge’s Kieran Joyce says there is more than likely going to be an extended period during the summer where club hurlers will having nothing to do.
The former Kilkenny senior hurler’s club play Bennettsbridge in the first round of club matches this Saturday. Speaking to KCLR on Saturday Scoreline of late, Kieran says the whole situation has created uncertainty.
“Provisionally, they had said there was going to be two club matches played in April”, says Joyce.
“At the moment now, we obviously have the game fixed for next weekend. (I’m) not 100% sure if there is a second game fixed in. That’s the big thing. I suppose an awful lot of clubs, they will probably have five or six weeks of training where there might not be any competitive matches to play.”
“We haven’t spoken to our lads yet (about) what our arrangement is. There probably will be a couple of weeks off there for players to take time off themselves, go abroad or whatever they want to do. But there probably will (be gaps) throughout that season when Kilkenny are going playing. There will probably be that period of four or five weeks that we probably won’t have much to do.”
With changes to this year’s championship structure introducing more inter-county games, Kilkenny will be more active in the early stages of the summer, a longer run in the championship leading to possible fixture congestion in the latter stages of the club league and championship.