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Sunday 22 April 2018

Poor gates throw up Munster seeding conundrum

Martin Breheny

Martin Breheny

THOSE who support the return of a seeded draw for the Munster SFC in order to have Cork and Kerry meeting in the final every year (bar the odd blue moon season when one of them is taken out earlier on) will point to the 9,139 attendance at Sunday's Cork-Clare final as a reason for change.

The total attendance for the five games shows a drop of 21,993 (34pc), which carries a heavy financial hit. From that viewpoint, it makes sense to seed Cork and Kerry apart, but surely the championship is about more than money?

Besides, if Cork and Kerry were to be automatically kept apart, it would be unfair on the rest of the country as it would effectively mean that one of Munster's 'Big Two' marched into the All-Ireland quarter-final every year, while the other had just one qualifier game. Even as the Munster draw stands, there's a 50-50 chance of that happening anyway.

Neither Croke Park nor the other provinces can stop Munster creating a Cork-Kerry cartel which gives them a big advantage in the All-Ireland championship, but presumably Clare, Waterford, Limerick and Tipperary will recognise that if they sign up to a seeded draw, they will be betraying their own footballers.

Irish Independent

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