It's surely a legacy of the team that Brian Cody built in Kilkenny in the last decade that a higher premium is now placed on more physically strong and athletic hurlers
, traits that are invariably more prevalent in those that have excelled at football.
After Brothers and other hurlers
explained some of the game's rules, local teams put on a hurling demonstration.
Gaelic Players Association chief Dessie Farrell revealed: "The footballers were in contact with the hurlers
but they are not involved in it to date.
I'd call on the fans who turned out for the hurlers
to do the same for us.
Gleeson said in November that he struggled to carry the Hurler
of the Year mantle but, speaking at yesterday's Allianz Hurling League launch, McGrath said: "On the 18th of June [Munster semi-final v Cork] we were all very disappointed with how we did, management included, I think he got six points from play against Offaly, scored five points from play against Kilkenny, scored two points from play against Wexford, scored 1-2 against Cork and he would think himself that he underperformed in the final.
lost to Tipperary but the footballers blitzed Meath, leaving Kerins with some cheer.
Cork will all be saying that if the hurlers
can do it, then so can we.
There might be winds of change blowing in Galway hurling and a new kind of hurler
Mickey Whelan, Dublin football boss from 1995-97 and Gilroy's right-hand man when they won the All-Ireland in 2011, is now manager of the St Vincent's senior hurlers
are in a Munster final now and there is only themselves and one other team that can win it.
With the hurlers
facing Galway in their semi-final on Sunday week, O'Dwyer admitted the footballers' run gives them a lift.
Cassie Stokes, Peter O'Riordan, Elaine Crowley, Alan Hughes, Deric Hartigan and Tommy Martin joined hurlers
Johnny McCaffrey, Niall Corcoran and Shane Barrett as they showed off their powers on the obstacle course.
O'Donnell's preference for the hurlers
is largely centred around the fact they got in first as he was a member of the senior panel last year before breaking into the side this spring.
Offaly's problems with facilities have been well documented in recent years, with the hurlers
training on the other side of the Tipperary border in Ballingarry on occasions.
On the team front, Galway would appear to be popular Stateside with the footballers edging out Dublin's hurlers
and Sligo's footballers to claim top spot.