Tuesday 20 February 2018

Galway demand hosting rights

Galway chairman Noel Treacy. Photo: Sportsfile
Galway chairman Noel Treacy. Photo: Sportsfile

John Fallon

Galway GAA officials have accepted they are not in a position to bid to host their provincial SHC semi-final clash with Offaly under the terms of the existing agreement they have with Leinster.

But Galway chairman Noel Treacy said their clash with Offaly the weekend after next is another example of the need for the Tribesmen to also host games.

Treacy said ongoing work was taking place to have Galway host games in the Leinster SHC and that it would have to be central to any new agreement.

Galway advanced to the semi-finals with a 3-27 to 0-19 win over Westmeath on Sunday, with Offaly booking their place with a 3-22 to 2-14 rout of Laois.

"It would be great to host that game in Galway but it's just not possible under the terms of the existing agreement.

"That is something we are working on and want to have changed. We want games in Galway, we want our supporters to be able to see their own county play the same as any other county.

"Unfortunately, there is nothing we can do this time but it again shows the need to change this."

Irish Independent

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