Thursday 23 October 2014

Murphy: Tribe's move East has 'fattened rival coffers'

Declan Rooney

Published 20/08/2014 | 02:30

Galway hurling manager Mattie Murphy says the decision to join the Leinster championship has done nothing for the game in the county. Photo: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
Galway hurling manager Mattie Murphy says the decision to join the Leinster championship has done nothing for the game in the county. Photo: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

Galway minor manager Mattie Murphy has launched a scathing attack on the decision by his county to join the Leinster championship five years ago.

Murphy, who had a couple of spells as Galway senior manager in addition to delivering six All-Ireland minor titles for the Tribesmen, said that it had done nothing for hurling in the county and instead has 'fattened the coffers' of their opposition.

Murphy, whose Galway minor side was brushed aside by 15 points by Limerick at the weekend, believes there should be an open draw or 'Champions League' format for all grades.

"We made it easy for the GAA by acceding to their request to go into Leinster. They were going to have to do something and we gave them the easy option.

"They don't want to bite the bullet. Provincial councils are too powerful and they are not going to be the turkeys voting for Christmas and until somebody comes around and says 'look there are 32 counties in this country and why not do the obvious four eights and I am sure there there are 16 teams that would love to play in the senior championship and four fours, you would have your Champions League style and everybody gets the same amount of chances.

"All we have done for Leinster is that we have gone into Leinster and we have fattened their coffers and given our opposition extra finance to turn around and whip us. "You tell me how much have we got out of Leinster since we joined and what have the other counties got?"

Murphy said that the minor championship should be played as an open draw but he is angry that Galway moved provinces when, he feels, others would not.

"If somebody said to the Dublin footballers you should go up to play in Ulster that we would have a nicer championship in Leinster if you were out of it, would they cross the provincial boundaries? I don't think so," he added.

Irish Independent

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