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'That’s Definitely Something We’ll Be Trying To Do This Year, Making Parnell Park A Fortress'

'That’s Definitely Something We’ll Be Trying To Do This Year, Making Parnell Park A Fortress'
By PJ Browne
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"Personally, I love the fact that we’re guaranteed four games," replied Chris Crummey when asked about the new hurling championship format which will unfurl over the coming weeks.

In place of the traditional straight knockout system for the Leinster and Munster Championships will come a barrage of games in a round-robin system.

Dublin will play four games in four weeks. For others, it is an even more hectic schedule of four games in three weeks.

"You’re playing the best teams in the province. All players want to be doing is playing games.

"In previous years when you have four, five-week gaps between games it can be a bit monotonous.

"You can be going back to training and you might be slogged a bit because you know you have that break to the next game. Now you know that if there’s only a week between the game you’re going to be focusing a lot more on your hurling and recovery is going to be very very important.

"Personally, I love the fact that it’s a game week-on-week. Maybe another week or two break would be probably a bit better in terms of giving lads more rest, and if teams have injuries, but personally I’m really happy with the format and looking forward to it."


The Dublin panel which lost out to Tipperary in the Allianz Hurling League quarter-finals has been bolstered by the addition of four players from two-in-a-row All-Ireland club champions Cuala.

Exposing numerous young players to senior inter-county hurling for the first time was also a positive of the league - a strong squad will be required for the test which awaits.

"There’s a great buzz within the set-up at the moment, and great confidence that we’re building, we’re striving this year under the new management," said Crummey.


"It’s great to have a lot of players available this year, there’s a great blend between youth and experience, and I think that’s very important, it’s something you need to be a successful team.

The guaranteed four games of this year's Leinster Championship also means guaranteed home matches. Dublin will play theirs - against Kilkenny in the opening game and Offaly in early June - at Parnell Park.

Parnell Park is a brilliant venue for any League or Championship game. Hopefully we get a massive Dublin crowd out, because the players feed off that atmosphere.

It’s brilliant. I personally really enjoy playing in Parnell Park. There’s a lot of familiarity playing there. We play a lot of our club matches there, lads are very familiar with it. It’s a great venue to play Championship, so I’m really looking forward to it.

Crummey says turning the Donnycarney ground into a fortress is the aim.

"That’s really the goal. I think a lot of teams are going to focus on their home games this year, trying to get the wins in your home games, trying to make your home venue a fortress. That’s something definitely we’ll be trying to do this year, making Parnell Park a fortress."


Chris Crummey of Dublin was in attendance at the Leinster GAA Senior Hurling Championship 2018 Launch at McKee Barracks in Cabra, Dublin. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile

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