Tuesday 21 November 2017

seeded munster draw 'madness'

ANY move to reintroduce a seeded draw for the Munster football championship will be met with stern resistance, WRITES MARTIN BREHENY.

Munster Council chairman Sean Walsh had called on counties to reflect on the financial benefits of ensuring that Kerry and Cork be seeded apart so that they couldn't meet until the final.

But Clare have already expressed their opposition to changing the open draw system, which, with the exception of 2008, has applied since 1991.

Clare's Noel Walsh, a former Munster Council chairman and presidential candidate, believes it would be a retrograde step to return to the seeded draw.

"We had it for years and it did nothing only stifle the development of football in four counties. It took a long campaign before it was removed in the early 1990s. We were told that a Munster final not involving both Kerry and Cork would be a disaster for the Munster championship, but it wasn't.

"The new system brought great energy to the Munster championship -- it would be madness to go back to the old ways," said Walsh.

Sean Walsh wants counties to consider the seeded draw on the basis that Cork-Kerry finals generate substantial revenue, thus enabling the Munster Council to continue with current investments levels.

But Noel Walsh insisted: "You get a big crowd for Cork-Kerry in the semi-final and another big crowd in the final.

"Besides, this shouldn't be about revenue, but rather what's in the best interests of football in all the counties."

Irish Independent

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