Wednesday 22 November 2017

Galway not seeking access for clubs

Former Wexford manager Liam Griffin said his county opposed full integration because it was already at a competitive disadvantage in the province due to the evenly balanced dual status their clubs enjoy. Picture credit: Dire Brennan / SPORTSFILE
Former Wexford manager Liam Griffin said his county opposed full integration because it was already at a competitive disadvantage in the province due to the evenly balanced dual status their clubs enjoy. Picture credit: Dire Brennan / SPORTSFILE
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Galway will not be pushing for their clubs to enter either Leinster or Munster competitions as they seek to put down firmer roots in one of the provinces.

It emerged last week that Galway club Liam Mellows had tabled a motion to their county convention seeking their county board to apply to enter Munster championships.

That motion is expected to pass comfortably as Galway look to Croke Park for direction with their repeated requests for full integration in Leinster.

But full integration covers just inter-county teams from U-21 to minor and intermediate and not Galway's clubs, who have produced so many All-Ireland champions over the years, Galway sources confirmed yesterday.

Since their senior team entered the Leinster Championship in 2009 Galway have produced three All-Ireland champions: Portumna, St Thomas' and Clarinbridge.

Galway's hurling championship is one of the strongest in the game.

SEEKING

Galway are also seeking home and away arrangements with Leinster counties, potentially taking Championship games to Pearse Stadium, which has hosted them just twice, against Tipperary in 2003 and Clare in 2011.

Galway play the majority of their games in Tullamore or Croke Park and get little revenue from the arrangement, which has become a issue.

A Galway County Board meeting in September heard that some €3.47m was generated by Championship and Walsh Cup games involving Galway over a seven-year period but they only received €130,000.

Leinster counties have been adamant in their refusal to give Galway the full access they seek and that has brought a shift of emphasis to Croke Park and, possibly, Munster.

Former Wexford manager Liam Griffin said his county opposed full integration because it was already at a competitive disadvantage in the province due to the evenly balanced dual status their clubs enjoy.

Irish Independent

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