The fixing of the Corn Uí Mhuirí final replay between Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne and St Francis College, Rochestown, for Rathmore at 1.30pm on Sunday would appear to have drawn more favour with the Cork school.
Last Saturday’s drawn game was played in Dr Crokes’ grounds in Killarney, but for the replay Rochestown had sought a different venue. The previous five finals, all involving Corca Dhuibhne, had been played in Killarney: This year’s two against Macroom’s De La Salle and one each against Coláiste Chríost Rí of Cork City and Killarney school St Brendan’s College.
While the Munster PPS organisation asked the schools to come to an arrangement, this wasn’t possible and so the replay will clash with Sunday’s Allianz FL game between Cork and Kerry in Páirc Uí Rinn.
A statement from the governing body clarified that it was bound by rule to hold the replay on Sunday.
For Corca Dhuibhne manager Tommy Griffin, the playability of the Rathmore pitch is an issue.
“We were told straight after the game that the replay was fixed for Killarney again,” he said.
“Whatever happened in the intervening period, I don’t know, as I’m not involved in the school directly.
“The pitch in Rathmore was unplayable on Tuesday, the Kerry seniors were supposed to play the U21s there and it had to be moved. I think there has been one game played there all year and now a Munster final is going to be held there.
“I’ve no problem playing anywhere, but the players deserve the best field around and the best field around at the moment is halfway between Dingle and Cork in Killarney.
“There was talk of it being on before the Cork and Kerry game, but I’m not sure there’d be such a keenness for Rochestown to come back to Dingle if that’s where the league game was on.”
For Rochestown manager Liam Ó Murchú, it was important to avoid Killarney again.
“If it went back to Killarney, you’d be setting a precedent, that every Cork team — be it Críost Rí, Macroom, Skibbereen or ourselves – playing Dingle would have to play it in Killarney, which is ridiculous,” said Ó Murchú..
“That’d be like saying every time we play someone, we have to play it in Mallow.”
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