Has Newcastlewest ever produced a hurler of any note? Absolutely shameful how a big town like that produces such a non existent hurling return. It's areas like that the CB should be targetting.
The whole thing needs a root and branch review but the vision just isn't there to lay out say a 10/20 year plan the sport in the west. We've politicians in the important positions, rather than visionaries and goal setters. The same lads running the west board that were there when I was playing as a child. The annoying thing is that the support is there among the ordinary club members if the thing takes off but there's such apathy and lethargy there at the moment. So many clubs just drifting along and surviving rather than trying to be successful and thrive.
As a county we're failing miserably, despite the odd underage title and the blowing about how professional the academy is. ("Professional" = throwing money at well remunerated outside coaches.)
You look at Tipp and how they've set targets to win AI football titles in a certain timeframe. People will scoff at them, including some of their own but at least there's some ambition there. We've nothing. Hoping for success rather than acknowledging that the game is on its deathbed in large swathes of the county.
Sad to see proper traditional clubs like Croom, Kileedy, Tour, Knockaderry and others at such a low ebb and not much sign of things improving.