Galway GAA CEO explains why they are taking Leinster concerns to national level

The Leinster Council has rejected calls from Galway to be allowed to play home championship games

BY Raf Diallo 15:57 Monday 3 October 2016, 15:57 3 Oct 2016

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The Galway county board has announced that they will take their case to the GAA as they fight for improved terms in the Leinster championship.

The Leinster Council rejected calls from Galway to be allowed to play home championship games and also blocked the introduction of their Under-21 and Minor teams to Leinster competitions.

Galway CEO John Hynes has told Galway BayFM that they will now go directly to GAA Headquarters and demand an improved financial agreement.

Speaking to the station, he said: "We first came into Leinster in 2009 and since then we've played a total of 48 games. We've played 26 in the championship and 22 in the Walsh Cup and over that period of time, it's only our senior teams that have been in and then two years ago our intermediate team was allowed into Leinster.

"So we've had a very detailed review of where we're at in terms of the benefits to Galway. And whereas there are definite benefits for our senior and intermediate teams to be involved in Leinster, we also want those benefits to be shared by our underage teams and that's the key driver to our new initiative to bring this to a national level rather than to a provincial level in Leinster only."

He went on to explain that player development is at the heart of their concerns.

"What our underage teams need - our under-21s and Minors - is structured, competitive games to help them develop because at underage level, it's all about player development and unfortunately with the current situation, Leinster have confirmed to us that they are not going to accommodate us at under-21 or Minor level in their championships, so as a result of that, we have an onus as the custodians of the GAA in the county and development of the games to ensure that our underage teams do get meaningful competitive games and that's why we're bringing this issue to a national level," he said.

Listen to his comments to Galway Bay FM right here.

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