Sunday 4 December 2016

Sauce for Kerry goose but not Galway gander

Published 21/10/2015 | 02:30

Ciarán Carey
Ciarán Carey

New Kerry hurling manager Ciaran Carey will be pleased to learn that his squad can look forward to home advantage in two of their three Leinster SHC round-robin games next year.

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That's a lucky break for a Munster county playing in Leinster for the first time. Carlow and Westmeath must travel to Kerry, whose only away engagement will be against Offaly.

Kerry's good fortune arises from their position as Antrim's replacement in the Leinster Championship. Antrim had two away games this year, so Kerry are entitled to two home fixtures next season.

Isn't it odd that Kerry will have two home games in their first season in new surrounds, whereas Galway haven't had one visitor across the Shannon in their seven seasons in the Leinster Championship?

And unless there's a dramatic change of heart, that will continue next year. Several Leinster counties run home-and-away arrangement among themselves but won't extend it to include Galway.

Time perhaps, for Galway to demand full inclusion or call the whole deal off, which would cause a big problem for the championship format, making the unwillingness of Leinster counties to go west a Croke Park issue.

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