The consent of respective Munster Club finalists Sixmilebridge and Na Piarsaigh was not required in the decision to award home advantage for Sunday’s Munster decider.
Cusack Park, Ennis and the Gaelic Grounds were the two venues put forward to host the fixture, with the later receiving the nod by virtue of a coin toss.
No team has enjoyed home advantage on Munster Club hurling final day since 2004, with Munster Council PRO Ed Donnelly asserting that common sense was applied in opting against a neutral venue.
Donnelly also revealed the consent of either club was not required in the decision to toss a coin. Na Piarsaigh, it was rumoured, were opposed to the process, though it mattered little as a regulation introduced in 2011 awards Munster Council CCC the power to instruct competing teams to toss.
“The logic of the CCC was the proximity of the two clubs,” said Donnelly.
“There is only 10 miles or so between the clubs. If the game was to be played in a neutral venue such as Thurles that would see both sets of supporters travelling over an hour to the game and passing the Gaelic Grounds on their way. It made no sense. A coin toss was decided and Ennis is now the confirmed venue.
“The Munster Council CCC met on November 7 to make the draw for the various provincial championships. It was discussed then that if the permutation of Sixmilebridge and Na Piarsaigh meeting in the Munster final arose then a coin toss would take place to decide the venue. The CCC had sole discretion in this matter.”
Na Piarsaigh chairman Timmy O’Connor said the club had no option but to accept Ennis as the venue for Sunday’s final. “The Munster Council make the rules and regulations. We knew if the Munster Council wanted to invoke that rule we had no choice.”
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