Current rules deny divisional sides the opportunity to play in the provincial competition and if MacDonagh’s defeat Moyle Rovers in next Sunday’s Tipperary SFC final, that’s as far as they will go as they are eligible to call on players from nine different clubs in north Tipperary.
“That’s a rule the GAA came up with in the last few years. And it’s certainly one you might question when you see the likes of UCC contesting and winning championships,” said MacDonagh’s manager Conway.
“What’s the difference there? But I don’t think the boys will be too worried about that on Sunday evening if they manage to pull it off. We’re rank outsiders but we’re hopeful that we can get a performance from them.”
Before that, Conway will sweat on the availability of his Kildangan contingent, who are in action this evening for their club in the Munster JFC quarter-final against Limerick’s Sean Finns at the Gaelic Grounds.
“It is very hard on them but they were originally due to pay on the Sunday, the same day as the county senior football final. Thankfully, the Limerick champions moved to the Friday night for them but when you have dual players in a county that’s doing well in hurling and football, it’s hard, particularly when you have lads involved in intercounty panels as well.
“And with Tipperary being such a big county with the individual boards running their own competitions as well, there are pressures there. One of the things that was stated quite clearly to the lads when they were putting together a team from different clubs was that they wouldn’t be getting much of a hearing and much preference when looking to change a fixture.
“But as far as I know, the U21 hurling championship had a round or two played last March. And for the likes of that to be still going on in November would lead you to question certain things.”