Saturday 18 November 2017

Quartet's McGrath Cup boycott should focus Munster minds

Martin Breheny

Martin Breheny

CORK and Kerry will meet for the first time this year when they contest the McGrath Cup final in Mallow on Sunday.

It was always the likely final pairing but the fact remains that the pre-season tournament was seriously devalued by the absence of Clare, Limerick, Tipperary and Waterford, whose players refused to play in protest over the manner in which the Munster championship draw was set up to ensure that Kerry and Cork were on opposite sides.

The McGrath Cup went ahead with Cork, Kerry and college teams but it should not be forgotten that the other four counties felt so angry that they were prepared to withdraw to make their perfectly valid point.

Hopefully, that will concentrate the minds of the Munster Council's decision-makers when it comes to reviewing their championship structures. Handing the elite special privileges sure is a strange way of doing business.

Irish Independent

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