LISTEN: Richie Hogan ‘hates’ All-Ireland hurling system

Richie Hogan says he “hates” the structure of the All-Ireland hurling championship and would prefer to play at least another two or three games.

Kilkenny reached next month’s decider after playing three games but the 2014 hurler of the year would much prefer to see more action.

“To be honest, I don’t like the system at all; I hate it,” he told Newstalk’s Off The Ball last night.

“I’d rather have a match every two weeks. This year we played three games and are in an All-Ireland final. Last year after three games we were in a Leinster final. It’s a stark contrast. If I had a choice I’d love to play maybe six or seven games at least in championship. You don’t have a choice.”

GAA’s Central Council voted last month to retain the current structure beyond next season. Hogan would prefer to see an NFL-style format put in place where the championship is more league based and possibly split in two.

“They put a lot of emphasis on the Munster championship and Leinster championship but if Tipperary are playing Limerick in a match it’s not about the Munster championship; it’s about the match.”

Regarding the status quo, Hogan said: “You only have four games to win it but it has disadvantage as well in that you have to wait five weeks without a game. Between our last league game and our first championship I think was 12 weeks, three months in the middle of the year without no game whatsoever.

“Some players might even have taken part in the league and just started training 12 weeks before championship and would still be in top condition, which is not right.”

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