Dueling dilemma looms at Wexford for Camogie and Ladies Football


Another clash between the Camogie Association and Ladies Gaelic Football Association games will force two players to choose between two different venues this weekend.

The Wexford camogie and women’s football teams each play a semi-final and league final, but both are currently set for Sunday – the footballers play Roscommon at Birr in the Division 3 final, while the camogie team take on Waterford in a final of the Division 2 in a venue play to decide – Sarah Harding-Kenny and Ailis Neville find themselves in a quandary over where to go.

Wexford Camogie manager Derek Tatten said his district had proposed bringing the Camogie game forward by 24 hours, but added that the Camogie Association had turned it down because their annual convention is on Saturday. He thinks that being a semi-finalist Camogie needs more flexibility.

However, the Camogie Association claims that since early January, when the ratified games were presented, the counties knew in advance when they would play and Wexford or any other county did not pose any problems. They were also shared with the LGFA, as pointed out by Sinéad McNulty, executive director of the Camogie Association.

“We work very hard to provide the optimal schedule for all competitions throughout the year and to minimize clashes,” she said. “The advent of the split season means that all inter-county encounters for all four field sport codes occur within the same timeframe, so there is added pressure on all federations, logistics, facilities and support allocation due to the shorter inter-county time. “

This latest clash comes just a month after the Camogie Association pledged to look into integration, while the LGFA also backed a Galway motion at its convention to bring the associations into a single entity with the GAA. But there are still conflicts of interest on the dual player issue and Wexford feel administration is being put ahead of player involvement on the matter.

They have made a number of attempts to reach out to the Camogie Association to push for a change.

Tatten says his counterpart Derek Lyons has indicated a willingness to at least discuss the Saturday option among his players, but without contact with the Camogie Association they are unable to move those discussions forward.

“We would have contacted Camogie as soon as we saw that the women’s soccer team qualified for the final and that we were in the semifinals,” said Tatten. “We have been in contact to say a possible clash is imminent. All they gave back was that the convention was that weekend.”

He said they were in further contact when the clash became a reality and offered a solution that Wexford would take over the administrative side of the game and such duties as collecting a goal at the venue.

“Nobody from Croke Park has been to any of our games so far so there’s no real reason why it couldn’t happen. But they wouldn’t address that,” he claimed.

“We followed it up again yesterday morning and they quoted the proposed and ratified games which they sent out earlier in the year where they said that (semi-final date) was canceled for the games and that Wexford were not opposed at the time and not against either no other county,” Tatten continued. “We responded and suggested that if each county wanted to prevent their teams from reaching the semifinals and finals, they would have received dozens of emails advising them of potential clashes. There’s no way we can say that the women’s footballers would be in a Division 3 final and we would be in a Division 2 semi-final.

“The girls’ decision is being forced by the question of which is more important, an administrator who misses Congress because they have to go to a game, or possibly misses a game because they have to go to Congress, or a player who chooses to must decide between a league semi-finals and finals when they train six times a week as doubles players and do everything possible to prepare for it. And yet they are the ones being punished.” Dueling dilemma looms at Wexford for Camogie and Ladies Football

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