Waterford are adamant that they will play their home Munster SHC games at Fraher Field next summer.
Na Deise had to twice relinquish home advantage for the inaugural round-robin competition (facing Tipperary in Limerick and Cork in Thurles) as Walsh Park is unavailable but are doubly determined not to miss out on having two home matches in 2019.
County Board chairman Paddy Joe Ryan told The Waterford News & Star that the Suirsiders will definitely be hosting Clare and Limerick on their own patch:
“The Munster championship games will be played at a Waterford venue, which presumably will be Fraher Field, unless the clubs decide otherwise. We’re adamant that it’s Fraher Field or forget it. It was Newbridge or nowhere, the new cult here is Fraher Field or forget it.
“We’re very determined as a board. It was my preference last year to play them in Walsh Park but we decided otherwise at a county board meeting. I think it’s important that we play our Munster championship games in Waterford. When this championship was set up, we didn’t want it because we didn’t have the facilities for it. Now it’s there, we have to make our facilities for it. I’d say the clubs are determined as well that they will go ahead at a Waterford venue.
“We have a beautiful venue in Fraher Field; we want to enhance that venue as well as Walsh Park. We want to have two lovely venues so that we can play county games and local club championship games as well.”