Thursday 12 December 2019

Galway to act on Leinster's venue snub

They are the only county not have to have had a ‘home’ game during those eight seasons. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
They are the only county not have to have had a ‘home’ game during those eight seasons. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Martin Breheny

Martin Breheny

Galway may seek Croke Park's intervention in an attempt to end their Leinster hurling championship venue isolation.

Their semi-final clash with Offaly in Portlaoise on Sunday will be the Tribesmen's 20th Leinster game since joining the eastern campaign in 2009 but they are yet to play at home, instead travelling to Tullamore, Mullingar, Kilkenny, Portlaoise and Croke Park.

They are the only county not have to have had a 'home' game during those eight seasons.

Leinster counties routinely enter home-and-away arrangements among themselves but have steadfastly refused to deal with their guests on a similar basis.

Galway proposed playing Offaly in Tullamore next Sunday, on condition that Offaly went west when the counties were next paired together, but it was rejected.

Galway had also proposed a similar arrangement with Westmeath, whom they beat in Mullingar in the quarter-final, but that too was turned down.

"No joy on either front, I'm afraid and that's disappointing. Leinster counties don't want to have home-and-away arrangements with us, it seems. It's a pity but that's the way it is," said Noel Treacy, the Galway County Board chairman.

The matter is closed for the present but Treacy said Galway would return to it later.

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"We'll definitely be re-booting it. We're either full members of the Leinster Championship or we're not," he said.

He didn't specify what course of action Galway would pursue but getting Croke Park involved is a clear option. Galway's participation in Leinster is written in rule so it would be matter for Croke Park if they complain that they are not being treated on an equal basis with other counties in the province.

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