Friday 22 September 2017

Waterford bid to switch Munster final away from scene of humiliation is turned down

Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Waterford's request to have the Munster hurling final taken out of Cork in just under three weeks' time was turned down last night.

The Munster Council's Competition Controls Committee held firm against the request to have the game switched to Semple Stadium in Thurles, where Tipperary would have had home advantage for the decider on July 15.

The Waterford hurling management are understood to have been behind the request to switch the game away from Pairc Ui Chaoimh, scene of Waterford's embarrassing seven-goal defeat to Tipperary in last year's decider.

It has been earmarked for the last month to stage a Tipperary/Waterford decider once again if it came to pass.

And on Sunday night Cork officials began putting in place plans to host the game in accordance with that decision.

But so determined are Waterford to avoid playing Tipperary in Cork again that their Board sent a request to Munster Council yesterday to have the game switched to Semple Stadium in Thurles, Tipperary's home ground.

Munster's CCC voted 8-2 to stick with Pairc Ui Chaoimh. That they even attempted to seek a change in this way surely gives Tipperary an added psychological advantage ahead of next month's clash.

It's not the first time in recent years that Waterford have been involved in controversy over the venue for a Munster hurling final.

Two years ago, a Waterford delegate to Munster Council was alleged to have supported a Cork/Waterford Munster final in Pairc Ui Chaoimh before Waterford had even reached the provincial decider. It was denied by Waterford County Board but it made preparations for their semi-final against Clare difficult. Waterford defeated Cork to win the Munster title after a replay.

Waterford and Tipperary don't have a home and away arrangement because Waterford have no suitable venue to host a Munster final.

Irish Independent

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