Kerry victim of a “double standard” promotion

Kerry did what they had to do on Saturday. Kingdom traveled to the leaders’ den and beat Antrim on their home turf to secure a rematch with the same opposition in the Joe McDonagh Cup final on June 4.

But the same price is not offered to both counties.

They will both play in the All-Ireland preliminary quarter-finals. But if Antrim wins the Joe Mc they will replace Laois in the Leinster SHC next year.

If Kerry wins, they will have to beat Tipperary in a relegation play-off to earn promotion, rather than Munster expanding to six teams, as Leinster have done for 2022.

“It makes no sense,” Kilkenny great Jackie Tyrrell told the RTÉ GAA podcast. “There is definitely a double standard.

“They have to look at that and change it.

“For a competition that you are trying to promote and drive, you always have to play a play-off.

“If they beat Antrim it will leave a sour taste in their mouths if they are beaten by Tipperary.

“They’re not really being rewarded for Joe McDonagh, there’s no progression for them. And that’s what we need in hurling. Giving our weaker teams a chance to go up against Liam MacCarthy, to compete with the best and try to move forward.”

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Tyrrell acknowledges his home province is less ruthless at the moment, but says that can be as much a negative as a positive for Leinster teams.

“I accept that Munster is much more competitive [but] it’s just the dynamics of it.

“You can use that to your advantage. If you go out in the top three at Munster, by God you will have been tested.

“You look at Kilkenny now, they don’t know where they are going in a Leinster final.

“But are we going to get the top four teams in the All-Ireland semi-finals? Yeah. Will the All-Ireland winners be the right team? Yeah.

“I don’t think you need to do anything if you want to retain the provincial championships, which I think there is still a strong appetite for.”

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