Derry have won the Ulster Under 21 hurling championship, made a decent impression in the Christy Ring Cup and soldiered gallantly throughout the National League.
But their personable manager Brian McGilligan maintains that a lot more could be done to promote the sport and lift the profile of the county teams at all levels.
“I don’t think the county board is taking hurling seriously enough. We have a young team who are showing great commitment and no little skill but they need to be encouraged and in all ways possible,” says McGilligan, an all Ireland football winner with the Oak Leaf county in 1993.
McGilligan’s spasmodic outbursts against the county board have drawn no formal response as yet but the manager is determined to continue to fight his corner.
His Under 21 side will now embark on their All Ireland campaign and while the odds will be staked against them, McGilligan is hopeful that they will be able to do more talking out on the park.
“These boys are very keen to do well. They enjoy representing their county and I just want to try and get what is best for them. But we need more practical support from t he county board otherwise any progerss that is being made will come to nothing,” raps McGilligan.
Derry clinched the Ulster Under 21 title when they beat Down in midweek at Ballycran and not so long ago the Oak Leaf side would have struggled against the peninsual representatives at this level.
“I suppose you could say that this is a measure of how we have come on but there is much, much more work to be done.”asserts McGilligan.