Offaly hurling Joe Dooley has renewed calls for improved marketing of the Interprovincial Championships after his Leinster side beat Connacht at Nowlan Park, Kilkenny in front a crowd of less than 700 paying punters.
Dublin’s Ryan O’Dwyer scored 2-2 whilst Kilkenny’s Richie Power chipped in with 0-10 as the home side won 2-19 to 1-15. The series has frequently been called into doubt in the past but Dooley says that players and management are eager to keep the representative series alive.
The timing of the competition and the manner in which it is marketed to the public is key, the Leinster manager said after winning the final over the weekend: “I’ve gone on record as saying that I think it (the interpros) should be played on Paddy’s Day before the All-Ireland club final, and the football should be played before the football final. Play one on a Saturday, one on a Sunday and market it,” - said the three-time All-Ireland winner.
Almost 3,000 fans were at Armagh’s Morgan Athletic Grounds for last weekend’s Interprovincial football final between Ulster and Munster, a game praised for its intensity. Whilst the weekend’s hurling decider did not generate the same excitement, Dooley said it was a pleasure and a privilege to watch some of the country’s best hurlers in action.