The National Transfer Hearing and Disciplinary Committee (NTHDC) of the Camogie Association have issued their ruling on the appeals submitted by Clare and Dublin Camogie Boards on Sunday, July 26th against the pre-determined competition procedures of the Association.
Following their defeat of Derry on Sunday, July 26th, Clare drew level with Dublin in third place of Group Two of the Liberty Insurance Senior Camogie Championship on three points each.
A draw to determine who proceeds to the All-Ireland senior quarter-final on Saturday, August 1st to play Wexford was subsequently deferred on foot of appeals lodged by Clare and Dublin Camogie Boards.
The National Transfer Hearing and Disciplinary Committee (NTHDC) have issued the following, on the appeals lodged by Clare and Dublin Camogie Boards, that the appeals cannot be heard for the following reason (s)
1) Under Section 5.1 of the Official Guide part IV Disciplinary Code and THDC Mandatory Procedures Third Edition 2015.
-There shall be no appeal against a decision of Ard Chomhairle or any Unit in implementing such a decision.
2) Under Section 5.2a of Official Guide part IV Disciplinary Code and THDC Mandatory Procedures Third Edition 2015.
Appeals are only acceptable if lodged:
a)With the secretary of the Unit directly senior to the body against whose ruling the appeal is made (County Board, Provincial Council, National Education Council, Ard Chomhairle). (Note: The NTHDC is a sub-committee of Ard Chomhairle and is therefore not senior to Ard Chomhairle).
3) The NTHDC have no power to overturn the decision of Ard Chomhairle due to the following rules in the Official Guide Part 1 2015/2016.
10.1 Between each Annual Congress, Ard Chomhairle is the supreme governing body of the Association.
10.5c The powers of Ard Chomhairle include:
c. applying the Rules as set out in this Official Guide. Ard Chomhairle can rule on special cases, even where no particular Rule of the Association relates to those cases. A record of such rulings will be maintained by the Ard Stiúrthóir. Such rulings will be conveyed to Councils and County Boards. Where the subject matter warrants, Ard Chomhairle will submit such ruling as a motion for ratification at the next Congress;
Confirmation of the team that progresses to the All-Ireland senior-quarter final on August 1st to play Wexford will be announced tomorrow (Wednesday, July 29th) after a draw to determine this, is carried out.
For further information contact Claire Egan, Communications & Marketing Director of the Camogie Association, Tel: 01 865 8618, 087 9030 755 Email: Claire@camogie.ie
Notes to the Editor: Under the 2015 National Fixtures Management plan, if two teams have an equal ranking (i.e. if head to head game ended in a draw), the final rankings will be decided by the following steps a, b and finally c.
a. Higher number of goals scored in the group match (es) between the teams in question
b. Higher number of points scored in the group match (es) between the teams in question. If after this the teams are still equal then the final scenario applies.
c. Draw lots (this will arise in the event that Clare beat Derry). This draw will take place after the match ends with the team drawn, proceeding to the quarter-finals.
These pre-determined procedures were agreed by Ard Chomhairle in November 2014. The procedure was raised in initial discussion with counties in October 2014 and a full consultative draft of the fixtures plan was issued on October 31st. The procedure was introduced in an effort to free up dates during the inter-county season to provide for club game schedules by avoiding play off dates at inter-county level.
This pre-determined procedure has been known to counties since the National Fixtures plan was disseminated to all counties on December 3rd 2014.
As part of the usual annual review of fixtures in October 2015, the new procedure will be considered in the context of fixtures planning for the 2016 season.
A full copy of the Official Guide of the Camogie Association and Mandatory Procedures for Transfer, Hearings and Disciplinary Code (THDC) is available at the following link http://www.camogie.ie/official-rules-of-camogie-association.asp