Monday 22 January 2018

Tribes' Leinster call

Galway clubs will tonight be asked to cement their presence in Leinster by moving to have their U-21 and minor sides compete in the provincial championship there.

Former All-Ireland club champions Sarsfields will move a motion at the Galway hurling board convention calling for the U-21s and minors to join the senior side in the Leinster championship.

Galway U-21 manager Anthony Cunningham has already backed the move and it is expected that delegates -- who were split on the senior side moving to Leinster two years ago -- will back the proposal at tonight's meeting in Athenry.

Sarsfields secretary Willie Earls was wing-back when they won successive All-Ireland club titles in the 1990s, and he said Galway underage teams could only benefit from the added competition that Leinster would bring.

"After seeing the U-21s in this year's All-Ireland final, we all saw how red-raw they were going into the match," said Earls -- the Tribesmen were hammered 5-22 to 0-12 by Tipperary.

"The final was a disaster and two games is not enough for any team to prepare. The minors took a beating in the final too. We had a meeting in the club and we felt that, for the teams to progress, they have to join the Leinster championship like the seniors."

Irish Independent

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