Sport Hurling

Tuesday 23 January 2018

Munster chairman 'happy' with crowd

PROVINCIAL chairman Seán Walsh has launched a passionate defence of the Munster senior hurling championship following Sunday's Cork-Tipperary clash at Páirc Uí Chaoimh.

Walsh insisted that the Munster championship is "not for sale at any price" and vowed that there will be no move for change during his term of office.

Walsh declared himself "happy enough" with the 36,827 attendance registered on Leeside but revealed that he hoped the figure would reach 38,000 on the day.

"Over 36,000 is a fair reflection of where we're at and the times we're in," Walsh said.

Walsh's predecessor, Jimmy O'Gorman, insisted that the Munster hurling championship must remain sacrosanct in the face of calls for open draws in hurling and football.

And Kerry native Walsh revealed: "I have very strong views on it. The people that are advocating for a change to the Munster championship must come up with a far better solution than the Champions League format we've been hearing about.

"Last Sunday proved beyond anything else that the Munster championship is unequalled as opposed to a Champions League system, with the spirit and enthusiasm of the game from both counties, along with the skill levels and rivalry.

"As far as we're concerned, the Munster championship is not up for grabs at any price. There are people putting out ideas of tampering with the provincial system and I have to say that I'm all for change when change is needed.

"I'm not being purely traditionalist in defending the Munster championship because in my time down through the years, I've voted for change when it was needed.

"But as chairman of the Munster Council, I don't see the need for change in this case and we won't be moving on it in my three years."

Irish Independent

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