Totally correct JC but its hard to get U17s out and clubs arent that bothered about encouragement of their players leaving the mentors in a difficult position. Good U16s looking ahead to minor are generally more willing hence you see them playing up. Not an easy job taking this age group.
And then several of them played Down and Derry in the U17 Celtic Challenge games the next day....and not a sniff of player welfare concerns.
With alot of these players already dual for their club .... I hope the U17 & U18 county mentors can work better to ensure they don't flog talented players ... we all want them to be fit come summer time
We are talking about 17/18 year olds......They'll be grand
Question, Do Antrim have any U16's on their U17 Celtic Challenge team?
I know Down have and as its meant to be a development team I don't think its right even if some of the U16's are better hurlers than some of the U17's, but as its for "development" I don't think that's the point of the exercise.
In fairness to the lads involved with the Down U17 development squads they wouldn't have nearly the same player pool to pick from, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't at least try to fill it with 17 year olds willing to give up the time and effort required and actually develop them in the truer sense to become better hurlers even if they're not going to be proper intercounty hurlers, but will go back to the clubs in theory better hurlers for their experiences..
Plus its never too late for someone to break through at 17 like one of our lads did the last time Down won the Ulster minors. One lad had never played for any county team at any level but his improvements from 16 to 18 was unreal and he got a late call up to the county minors and a starting berth and is now a regular starter for Down seniors.