Mullane highlights Munster and Leinster hurling imbalance

May 22, 2023

Galway manager Henry Shefflin. ©INPHO/Bryan Keane.

John Mullane thinks Kilkenny and Galway will have an unfair advantage over the Munster teams that qualify for the knockout stages of the Liam MacCarthy due to the cut-throat nature of the Munster SHC.

While in awe of the quality of the games in Munster this year, Mullane believes the Leinster SHC is poor in comparison and benefits teams like Kilkenny and Galway in the long run.

"It (the Munster SHC) is the jewel in the crown. Something's got to give, and they've really seriously got to look at it," the Waterford great said on RTÉ Radio.

"I think the contrast between both (Leinster and Munster) is just chalk and cheese as regards atmosphere, as regards attendance, with regard to quality of games.

"No disrespect to some of the teams in Leinster. You're probably going to have one or two teams that are going to be gone out of the championship, and you've one team in Leinster, possibly, that are going to find themselves in an All-Ireland quarter-final.

"I just don't think the imbalance is sustainable going forward. You look at the Munster Championship; the funny thing about it is, Kilkenny and Galway are sitting back nice and fresh, can time their run, get through in second or third gear. We've seen it, last year with Clare, they were overcooked going into that All-Ireland semi-final, and were energyless.

"Something has to be looked at going forward. How much is this going to take out of these teams when they do reach the All-Ireland series?" he asked.

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