Tuesday 20 February 2018

Semple deal should not be simple for Waterford

Martin Breheny

Martin Breheny

The Waterford hurling camp was, apparently, delighted by the decision to fix the Munster final for Semple Stadium, Tipperary's home ground.

Because of the limited capacity in Walsh Park, Waterford cannot enter into a home-and-away arrangement for any Munster SHC game so, with Páirc Uí Chaoimh closed, the choice for the final on Sunday week was between Thurles, Limerick and Killarney. On the basis that Waterford fans would have to travel much further to get to Limerick or Killarney, Semple Stadium was the obvious choice, except of course that it gives Tipperary an advantage.

But, Derek McGrath and the squad made no issue of that. Instead, they pointed to Waterford's positive experiences in Thurles this year, which included two wins over Cork in the league final and Munster semi-final.

Thurles may the logical venue, but surely Waterford are entitled to some deal, financial or otherwise, to compensate for the fact that they are going into Tipperary's home lair, with no chance of a reciprocal arrangement in future.

Bad enough that Dublin football enjoys that privilege without extending it elsewhere.

Irish Independent

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