Ballygunner boss eager to play All-Ireland club SHC semi-final in Thurles

December 04, 2022

Ballygunner manager Darragh O'Sullivan ©INPHO/Ken Sutton

Ballygunner manager Darragh O’Sullivan says he hopes his team’s All-Ireland club SHC semi-final in a fortnight’s time will be played at Semple Stadium.

The Waterford kingpins reigned supreme at the Thurles venue yesterday to defeat Ballyea of Clare by nine points and collect their second successive Munster crown.

Speaking to yesterday, O’Sullivan outlined that the ‘Home of Hurling’ would be “the obvious place” to stage their semi-final on the weekend of December 17/18th.

“We need to play these matches on the best surfaces they can get and the best grounds that they can get. There is no point bringing this to a surface that is not right. Like, these guys have trained for the full year for the best surfaces and I think that has to be a huge part of this to let these guys go out and have a cut at each other at the best facilities available.

“Thurles would probably be the obvious place. If they’re saying it’s out, it’s out. It’s only in two weeks’ time. Surely, they can defer that a little bit. That would make sense, wouldn’t it? Surely to God, we can swing that or the GAA say, ‘You have Leinster and Munster coming together and Thurles is the perfect venue, the perfect sod’.

“Sure, that makes absolute sense.”

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