Player fury intensifies over Munster seeding draw

Outgoing Limerick captain Seanie Buckley has not ruled out the possibility of a strike after the Munster Council’s decision on Thursday to uphold the decision to seed next year’s provincial senior football championship.

Players from Clare, Limerick, Tipperary and Waterford will meet early next week in the hope of forcing the council’s hand before Thursday’s 2014 Championship draw.

However, it’s looking unlikely anything can be done even though the players have been in consultation with the GPA about the issue.

Buckley said they have been enraged by the Munster Council’s decision to convene an emergency meeting on next year’s Championship structure only for chairman Robert Frost to inform delegates revisiting the vote in favour of seeding Cork and Kerry in separate semi-finals would contravene a rule.

On Twitter on Thursday night, Buckley’s team-mate Pa Ranahan intimated the nuclear option could be taken.

“Everything will be considered,” revealed Buckley. “We’ll have to get feedback from every member of our squads and then have representatives of the counties meet early next week. We have to have something in place before the draw. We’ll decide where we want to go from there. We’ll all be sticking together on this. We feel we’ve been hung out to dry on this one. Either you make a stand now or let it continue.”

Outgoing Waterford captain Gary Hurney said his panel were upset their own Munster Council delegates decided to abstain from the original vote for the seeded draw earlier this month.

“We’ll discuss the outcome of what happened in Limerick and if there is a reason to go any further, we will. We would be disappointed our county didn’t put a vote in on the night it was decided and Limerick voted against it (the open draw). I don’t think there is any benefit in the seeded draw for any of the four counties. It’s very hard to dream now of a Munster final. Over the last couple of weeks through this, I’ve got to know a lot more guys from other counties and the Clare lads still talk of the Munster final last year and how much it meant to them, even though they were beaten. I mightn’t see a Munster final in my day but it would be great if the footballers coming through in Waterford would get the chance to play in one.”

Clare goalkeeper Joe Hayes also used Twitter to air his angst and condemned Frost: “Have to laugh at reports sayin no change to munster football vote. thats cause there was no vote. rob frost wouldnt allow it #someclareman”

Hayes had previously admitted he was considering his inter-county future as a result of the seeded draw vote.

Buckley admitted they hadn’t expected Frost to change his mind having put forward the proposal to put Cork and Kerry into opposite semi-finals.

“We had figured we hadn’t got support from that direction. It was a little bit of a farce bringing people into a meeting knowing a lot of work had gone in behind the scenes. To carry on the way they did, they might as well have released a statement than waste people’s time bringing them to a meeting and giving lads hopes. Before the meeting there was a lot of hope. If anything, what happened has only added fuel to the fire.”


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