O’Hanlon: “My overarching feeling is (it is) nonsensical” – ban against co-captains lifting Trophies

Wexford winning Joint captain Matthew O’Hanlon can’t understand the decision made by the GAA and frankly not many do to get rid of the joint captains in both Hurling and Gaelic football.

O’Hanlon said: “My overarching feeling is (it is) nonsensical.

“My first instinct was, I didn’t understand really where it was coming from, that there were other issues at a GAA Congress level that should be given a higher priority than that.

“But in essence, it doesn’t really bother me. It doesn’t bother Lee. We’re nominated by our peers and selected by our management to lead the team. We’re still going to lead our team in that way.

“It’s a good problem to have if it comes to us having to lift a trophy and decide which one of us goes up, because it just means that we’re after winning something. So we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it.

“Every single player and management lifts the trophy at some point when you win it anyway. You can have pictures of all those moments.

“But, I understand, it’s iconic (the first trophy lift). They’re the ones that will be circulating afterwards.

“The decision is passed now. So there’s no real point in complaining. We just move on with it.”

Was this really a pressing issue to be addressed within the GAA in this current covid environment? Or any environment, what effect did two captains have in both Hurling and Gaelic football going up the steps of the Hogan Stand in Croke Park to accept the trophy on part of any squad.

Wexford won the Leinster hurling Championship in 2019 and both Matthew O’Hanlon and Lee Chin lifted the Bob O’Keefe Cup on behalf of the Wexford hurling panel. It was a great day at Croke Park led by inspirational manager and Clare man Davy Fitzgerald. Wexford overcame a tough and stubborn Kilkenny side by 1-23 to 0-23 it was the first time Wexford won the Leinster hurling Championship since 2004 the cheer joy and relief was evident on everyones face that famous day in 2019

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