Thursday 20 June 2019

Fanning hoping to keep home advantage

Waterford hurling boss Páraic Fanning. Photo: Sportsfile
Waterford hurling boss Páraic Fanning. Photo: Sportsfile

Paraic Fanning is adamant that Waterford are "capable of holding a crowd" for their home Munster SHC round-robin games and believes that they are "entitled to an equal chance like anyone else", writes Michael Verney.

The Déise were forced to play all four provincial games outside of Waterford last year with little success as Walsh Park was deemed unsuitable and there are ongoing discussions about its viability to host two home games this year.

Fraher Field in Dungarvan has also been mooted as a possible venue and Waterford boss Fanning has no intention of losing home advantage in his first year at the helm.

"It's not my worry to worry about where the games will be played. My own view... we're all looking forward to home games here, I don't get involved in negotiations," Fanning said after Sunday's Munster SHL loss to Clare in Fraher Field.

"My preference would be that the home games are in Waterford.

"If anything you see with the crowd of people that are here, in either venue, with the crowd of Waterford people that came out in January that we're entitled to our home games as much as anybody else.

"As players who are trying to win a championship as part of their careers, they're entitled to an equal chance like anyone else not to have to go away four times.

"We're capable of holding a crowd in Waterford, it's not as if we're that far behind, whatever the crowd will be, we'll cope with it. We're looking for games to be in Waterford."

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While his reign is only in its infancy, Fanning is enjoying his time as manager having previously worked as a selector/coach with the Déise as well as with Wexford and Laois.

"It's hard work but they're a fantastic group to work with. They have high standards, as we do as a management team, and we want to achieve as much as possible."

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