Ulster hurling on brink of crisis after final postponement

A number of leading names in Ulster hurling believe the game is on the brink of crisis following the Ulster Council's failure to play the Ulster senior hurling final this year.

The decider between Antrim and Down, originally scheduled to be played in July, was postponed until 3 November but had to be shelved again - which has drawn criticism from former Antrim players Shane Elliott, Johnny McIntosh and PJ O'Mullan, the manager of Ulster club champions Loughgiel.

Ulster Council hurling development officer Jimmy Darragh defended the body's promotion of the game and said he hoped the 2013 Ulster hurling final will be played early in the new year.