A host of clubs staged juvenile hurling and football games last Saturday and Sunday, ranging from U8 blitzes to individual matches at U9, U10 and U11. The current programme has evolved from the Monster Blitz format first introduced for the U8 and U10 age groups in Rebel county, and is logistically easier to manage for the Games Development Administrators – GDAs – who are stretched thin in their duties which include regional development and work in the schools.
“While some people may think this is acceptable, I want to assure you that it is not. It is wholly inappropriate and not what we aim to achieve by coordinating this games program.”
As you rise up through the ranks and the age groups the stakes get higher and so does the fire and fury you associate with championship. The tension in the air, and physicality and raw passion on display are, as much as the skill, what makes the GAA so engrossing.