Two of Galway’s GAA clubs, Sarsfields and Ballinderreen, are proposing that the senior hurlers withdraw from the Leinster Hurling Championship in 2017 unless certain demands are met.
At present Galway don’t have any home games, have nobody representing the county on the Leinster Council and are restricted to just one team playing in the eastern province. As well as this, Galway are, according to Ballinderreen county board delegate Michael Kelly, being ‘treated very poorly’ when it comes to finances.
Galway’s presence in Leinster is seen as the only way at present for the Tribesmen to compete against some of the country’s best ahead of the All-Ireland Hurling Championship, but it appears another solution may need to be found in the near future.
Speaking to the Irish Examiner, Kelly said:
“This is a recommendation that we’re putting forward in the hope that it will highlight how we are being treated here.
“Financially and otherwise we have been treated very poorly by Leinster. We have no home games, no representatives on the Leinster Council and we only get 3% of the money back from them.
“The whole championship is due to be changed after next year and we want to be in there with our recommendations to see if we can get anywhere.
“We spent the last two years talking about this at hurling board level and everything. Plenty of delegates have asked why don’t we pull out of Leinster?
“It’s time to put it one way or the other. If delegates want Galway to pull out let them back this recommendation. There is no use in talking about it or making threats if you don’t carry them out.”
Sarsfields are seeking the inclusion of county minor and U-21 representation in Leinster while Ballinderreen propose that Galway seek the ‘same rights and benefits’ of their eastern counterparts, the Examiner claims.
While we must wait and see what comes of these motions at the Galway convention next week, these are without doubt uncertain times for inter county hurling on the west coast.
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena