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Limerick star Niall Moran calls for new hurling league format

Updated: Monday, 16 Jul 2012 12:26 | Comments

Limerick's Niall Moran: 'I would still urge the GAA to have a look at it because unless we're playing those teams the thing will not develop.'
Limerick's Niall Moran: 'I would still urge the GAA to have a look at it because unless we're playing those teams the thing will not develop.'

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Limerick star Niall Moran has called on the GAA authorities to revisit the structure of the Allianz National Hurling League.

The Treatymen secured a confidence-boosting victory over Clare in the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship qualifers in Thurles yesterday.

But the Banner defeated Limerick in the Division 1B final in April, and that loss means John Allen's charges must toil for at least one more season in the second tier.

"We're very, very disappointed not to be in Division 1(A) of the league next year," Moran told RTÉ's Martin Kiely.

"There's no doubt that we're good enough for it. There's no doubt that Offaly and Wexford are good enough for it. There's no doubt that Clare are good enough for it.

"And I would still urge the GAA to have a look at it because unless we're playing those teams, and those teams are competing against each other, the thing will not develop, and that's vital."

The Ahane clubman, who was named GAA Man of the Match after a display in which he scored 0-05 from play, would like to see a 12-team Division 1 so that developing sides would be afforded more games against the elite outifts.

"There's very few counties competing at the top level. Why diminish it down to six? Why can't we have 12?" Moran asked.

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