TWO leading managers are supporting calls for a defined season for club players in Cork.
Maurice Moore from county football champions, Carbery Rangers, and Mick Evans, his Douglas counterpart, are backing plans for a summer hiatus.
“I think not having club championship games in June, July and August is a brilliant idea.
“It happens in Kerry and if we have ambitions here in Cork I think we have to do the same.
“Football is becoming more of a chore than anything else. We have to look at it,” said Moore.
He was speaking after the Rosscarbery club edged Douglas by a point, 2-11 to 1-13, in a cracking round 2A tie in Clonakilty last evening.
John O'Rourke hit a crucial late goal for Ross in a tally of 1-3, while Cork hurler Alan Cadogan managed three from play and Seán Powter another goal on the back or raising a green flag against Mayo last weekend.
Eoin Cadogan wasn't deemed fit enough to start, coming on in the second half when the champions clawed their way ahead, with John Hayes top-scoring and Brian Shanahan's 45 proving the winner.
Ross advance to round 4 with their city rivals joining 11 others in the hat for the third round draw.
“Our last championship game was at the end of April. We’re training since January 11 and this is only second championship game. It’s not good enough,” Moore commented.
Evans, a long-standing and highly respected coach, was equally forthright.
“I think club players should be told that there’s nothing for them in the summer because the current situation is ludicrous.
“The fixtures’ situation is a disaster. There should be a set season. You get your fixture list and you stick to that. Players should know when they’re playing.
“What’s needed is a bit of imagination and vision to fix it. I’m not criticising any of the officials. Everybody needs to sit down and sort this one out.
“I believe it’s very easily solved, but the summer is a wipe out as far as I’m concerned,” he said.