Friday 20 September 2019

Cats star Fennelly hits back over Wild Geese 'complaining'


Kilkenny's Colin Fennelly. Photo: Sportsfile
Kilkenny's Colin Fennelly. Photo: Sportsfile
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

Kilkenny star Colin Fennelly has defended the 'Wild Geese' trophy game in Australia, insisting the money spent was only a "small portion" of what the GAA organisation takes in.

Croke Park chiefs faced some criticism for the trip that saw Galway take on the Cats in Sydney earlier this month with some suggesting the money could have been better used to promote the game here.

However, Ballyhale Shamrocks star Fennelly insisted that there will always be detractors within the GAA.

"I don't know the ins and outs but I'm certain the money is just a small portion of what the GAA get every single year, a small portion that us as players, say Galway as All-Ireland champions last year and we've won All-Irelands, get," he said.

"We don't get that much out of it and for people to complain and want to take that from us... you know, you don't even bother with them in your lives - people who complain and give out.

"It was my first time, probably all of our first times on the Kilkenny team, in Australia.

"I've cousins and family over there that I barely ever see so it was absolutely fabulous that the GAA gave us that opportunity.

"The reason we don't get to go over there is because of hurling and we want to stay home and play.

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"But the GAA gave us the opportunity and it was fantastic. People shouldn't attack the holiday or the game itself. They should just (ask), is there money there?

"To be honest, it's just giving out and looking for any excuse - I don't understand it," concluded the four-time All Ireland winner.

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