Wednesday 24 January 2018

Asking Kerry to play in Leinster is an insult

Kerry manager Eamon Kelly has done a great job
Kerry manager Eamon Kelly has done a great job

John Mullane

It was my confirmation day when Kerry beat Waterford in the 1993 Munster hurling championship.

I was in the Granville Hotel, ready for my dinner, when word filtered through that we had lost at Walsh Park.

The news came as such a shock, as Waterford had won the All-Ireland U-21 championship the previous year.

Following Saturday's Christy Ring Cup final win, Kerry hurling is now in a stronger position than ever before.

But asking them to compete in the Leinster Championship next year is an insult. Realistically, they're probably not in a position to compete and win a game in Munster, but it's their province and the very least they deserve is a chance.

They're making huge progress and Eamonn Kelly has done an incredible job there, filling his backroom team with top personnel like Brendan Cummins, the goalkeeping coach.

They earned promoted to Division 1B and could even afford the luxury of leaving former Tipperary senior player John O'Neill on the bench.

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