Quinn disappointed with Ulster SHC structure

Quinn disappointed with Ulster SHC structure

Antrim goalkeeper DD Quinn says it is disappointing that a full complement of counties will not be taking part in the Ulster Senior Hurling Championship this summer.

Just four counties - Antrim, Armagh, Derry and Down - will line out in the Ulster competition which will be launched tonight at the Queen's Sport Pavilion in Belfast.

The hurlers of Armagh and Derry will open the Ulster Championship on Sunday, June 17 at the Morgan Athletic Grounds.

Quinn, the Saffons custodian, says that all of the province's counties and London too deserve to be involved.

"That's the way it is this year. It's maybe unfair on them that we are the only (Ulster) team involved in the Leinster Championship as well," he said.

"Hurling is a game that we have to keep trying to keep going as best we can in all counties.

"They feel that it's better for us and that we are better equipped to come down and play here and try and play in the Leinster Championship."

Speaking about the other Ulster counties, Quinn admitted there have been some good games in the Championship in recent years.

"I think over the last number of years they have done themselves justice and put in some good results.

"It's unfortunate that Ulster hurling isn't as strong but in the Ulster competition, some of the 'weaker counties' can try and play and see how they get on.

"Obviously they all want to beat Antrim and they see Antrim as the top team in Ulster."

Quinn sympathises with counties like Tyrone, Fermanagh and Monaghan who will not be in provincial action this summer.

"Ulster hurling isn't as bad as people make out and lads from those counties put in as much effort and deserve their day out as much as the rest of us," he added.

"In Antrim we wouldn't disrespect any of those counties, but maybe in the south people look at us...the Antrim team...like that sometimes. Those boys are every bit as proud of hurling as we are."

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