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Waterford unable to play home Munster Championship games at Nowlan Park
Last Updated: 30/11/18 2:20pm
Munster GAA have voted against allowing Waterford to play their home games outside of the province.
The unsuitability of Walsh Park to hosting Munster Hurling Championship games has caused a major headache for the Déise County under the new home and away structures.
Having reached the All-Ireland final in 2017, their senior hurlers finished bottom of the five-team group in 2018, with many pointing to the fact that they didn't have any home games as a severe handicap.
While there is still a possibility that Walsh Park may host play host to their home games pending upgrades, the Waterford county board have been looking at other options, with Nowlan Park touted as a possibility. The Kilkenny ground is far closer in proximity than Thurles and Limerick to Waterford city.
However, at Thursday night's meeting of the Munster CCC, this was struck down.
"Waterford proposed to amend the regulation whereby in the event a county is unable to host home games, it would be possible to nominate venues outside the province. This proposal was defeated. Discussions are ongoing in relation to Waterford hosting their 2019 Munster Senior Hurling Championship home games versus Clare and Limerick in Walsh Park Waterford."
Should the city venue be deemed unsuitable once again, it's likely that Páraic Fanning's side will face Limerick and Clare in neutral Munster venues, with Páirc Uí Chaoimh, the Gaelic Grounds and Semple Stadium all possibilities.
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