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Kilkenny can resolve Galway's spat with Leinster

Published 18/07/2015 | 02:30

Kilkenny manager Brian Cody
Kilkenny manager Brian Cody

The spat between Galway and the Leinster Council is interesting, being played out in front of the Croke Park power-brokers, who asked for ideas on competition structures.

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Galway argue that they they're getting a bad deal from Leinster, who, in turn, insist they are being fair and also happy to negotiate.

The sticking points for Galway are the refusal by Leinster counties to allow the seniors and minors into their championships and the reluctance to enter into home-and-away arrangements for senior games.

It's easy to understand why some Leinster counties don't want Galway minors and U-21s to move east, since it would reduce their chances of winning a provincial title. But if the Galway-Leinster arrangement is to become permanent, then it has to involve all grades.

Galway seniors and intermediates play in Leinster so it's logical that the underage teams should follow them.

As for home and away arrangements for the seniors, it has to be done by agreement and, so far, no Leinster county has crossed the Shannon.

Maybe Kilkenny will be the ones to make the move. Galway and Kilkenny cities are two of the big HQs for stag and hen parties and all sorts of other social activities so a home and away deal for hurling games would go down well, with people from each county making weekend trips.

I doubt if Brian Cody (left) would object to a home and away deal with Galway. Ultimately, it would be good for both counties. And if Kilkenny went west, others would probably follow.

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