Friday 15 December 2017

Galway await decision over hurling teams' eligibility crux

The wording of Galway’s motion appeared to suggest that if Leinster were not prepared to accommodate all their teams, they would approach Munster. Photo: Sportsfile
The wording of Galway’s motion appeared to suggest that if Leinster were not prepared to accommodate all their teams, they would approach Munster. Photo: Sportsfile
Martin Breheny

Martin Breheny

Galway are facing an anxious wait to discover if the proposal to have their senior, minor and U-21 hurling teams play in one provincial championship will be debated at Congress next month.

In what was seen as a ratcheting up of the pressure on Leinster to fully integrate Galway into their championships, a motion from the Liam Mellows club was passed unanimously at county convention in December, calling for a change of rule so that all maroon-and-white teams would compete "in a single provincial hurling structure".

It was forwarded to Croke Park, where officials deemed the wording out of order and referred it back to Galway for amendment.

"We re-submitted it and are now waiting to hear if it will be on the agenda for Congress. We very much hope that it is because it was passed unanimously at our convention and we want it debated at Congress," said newly-elected Galway chairman Pat Kearney.

Accommodate

The wording of Galway's motion appeared to suggest that if Leinster were not prepared to accommodate all their teams, they would approach Munster.

Failing that, it would become a matter for the GAA centrally to sort out the problem.

Galway are unhappy over their arrangement with Leinster which caters for their senior team only.

Even then, there's tension over the refusal of Leinster counties to cross the Shannon for any game since Galway joined the eastern circuit in 2009.

That was followed by the rejection of an application for Galway's underage teams to join the seniors in Leinster.

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