We are aware that, for many readers, championship structure fatigue set in several centuries ago. The demand for an article on any topic related to it may be somewhat slack. But it has to be acknowledged that we entered a brave new world in the hurling championship at the weekend.

Round-robin hurling has been a feature of the Leinster championship for several years now but it's been confined to the minnows. (Hurling's 'associate' counties we could call them for the weekend that was in it.) 

After the opening weekend, how does the man and woman on the terrace feel about hurling's brand spanking new championship format? 

Here, we run up against one of the iron rules of the association.             

Namely, that solving one complaint in the GAA merely opens up a new front of complaints. 

In many cases, the new flood of complaints will arise as a direct consequence of the solution to the old complaints, with many of the same people trumpeting both complaints with equal sound and fury.   

The new complaints are always more dire and apocalyptic in their implications for the association than the old ones. 

As usual, the only thing more unwelcome than the status quo is change.  

Towards the end of the game in Tullamore, one Galway supporter turned around to the Offaly man beside him and they cordially agreed that the new format had taken all the bite and atmosphere out of the Leinster championship. 

It wasn't an old-style knockout game so there just wasn't the same desperation in the air. Certainly, the whole vibe in O'Connor Park was one of listlessness and faded hopes as the game trundled towards its inevitable conclusion in the final quarter. 

To be honest, we think the format might be copping an unreasonable amount of the flak for this. 

Offaly and Galway met in the first ever Leinster championship game under the new structure on Saturday night

It's doubtful that O'Moore Park was hopping under the old format when Galway beat Offaly 0-33 to 1-11 last year.

The actual championship format can only do so much for a game whose result is no longer in doubt well before the final whistle. 

(Another thing we learned in O'Connor Park on Saturday night is that a sizable proportion of the Galway support simply don't accept that John Hanbury doesn't have an 's' in his name. In deference to the supporters, the corner-back would be as well change his name to John Hansbury at this stage.) 

At least under this format, Offaly supporters could turn to one another and ask who they had up next week and whether they'd be making the trip. 

The prevailing grumble in Tullamore didn't age terribly well. Less than 24 hours later, Dublin and Kilkenny collided in a hot and heavy encounter in Parnell Park. 

With Dublin unashamedly adopting a defensive template along the lines of Wexford and Waterford, the first half was a suffocating affair. 

The second half was carefree by comparison and we were treated to a thrilling denouement even if the neutrals' hopes of an upset were ultimately frustrated. 

It was precisely for games like this that the Hurling Development Committee introduced the new format.

Home and away games in packed out venues, week in, week out, with each side guaranteed a minimum of four games.

Five weekends of that will set the hurling championship alight. We'll be rhapsodising about the glory of hurling as we were in 2013, 2014 and 2017 and the mid-nineties.

The system remains divisive enough still. 

It was only introduced last year when everyone realised simultaneously the calendar would be extremely top-heavy with football matches from 2018 onwards. 

It was passed at a Special Congress last autumn and did so without the support of most hurling counties, only a couple of whom were enthusiastically supportive. 

Again, it's worth reminding ourselves when it comes to structures that it's impossible to please everyone.

The hive mind within the GAA rarely notices when it contradicts itself. Different players have different perspectives the whole time and yet rarely come into open disagreement.

Brian Cody and Pat Gilroy shake hands at the end of Sunday's Leinster championship 

Richie Hogan announced a couple of years ago that he "hated" the old championship format - "hated" was the actual word he used - despite the fact that the season invariably ended with him jogging over black and amber ticker tape as his team paraded Liam MacCarthy around Croke Park.

Richie felt shortchanged by the whole four games a year business, no matter that the last of them nearly always ended with his team picking up the biggest prize in the sport. He preferred the matches to be coming thick and fast at him every week. 

By contrast, his old teammate Richie Power, who collected as many All-Irelands, doesn't like the new format and, writing in his RTÉ column, said the flow of games was a big toll on players and warned that the competition would become an 'injury lottery'. 

"It’s very unfair to ask amateur athletes to play weekend after weekend, and work Monday to Friday in between, when they’re already giving so much to their county.

"I can’t see any team training between these games. Your body is going to be stiff and sore until at least Tuesday."

Two coherent viewpoints but they clearly can't survive alongside one another.

It is unfair for amateur players to be training all year for so few games but it also unfair to have amateur playing so many games with no time to train in between.

The GAA are always encouraged to listen to their players but they can't be listening to all of them either. 

Already, however, Power's point about the attritional nature of the new format might receive a greater airing as the weeks pile up and the injury tally mounts.

Already, Dublin may be missing their veteran attacker Conal Keaney, who traipsed off with ten minutes left after a fabulous shift yesterday.

It's not exactly the Top 14 we're talking about but the intense run of games may leave it's mark on players later in the summer. 

These misgivings notwithstanding, events in Donnycarney will leave the evangelists for the new format feeling something close to vindication.