Camogie Association Statement re: fixtures clash
The Liberty Insurance All Ireland Senior Camogie championship fixtures for the weekend include Cork v Offaly at 2.00 p.m. in Páirc Uí Rinn and Clare v Dublin in Newmarket-on-Fergus at 2.00p.m.
No request was received from Cork Camogie Board to change Cork’s fixture. Cork Camogie Board requested the Camogie Association to make representations to the LGFA, which was undertaken. Representations were also received from the WGPA and a Cork player.
Clare Camogie Board submitted a request to change the fixture. This was not granted. Representation were also received from the WGPA/Clare players. Earlier in the season, a senior championship fixture involving Clare Camogie was re-scheduled by the Camogie Association to avoid a possible clash with a national LGFA fixture that could have involved Clare LGFA on Saturday 25th July.
The All Ireland Camogie Championship draft fixtures are issued in October each year for consultation to all county boards. These issued in November to the LGFA. The best opportunity to avoid Camogie/LGFA fixture clashes is when the fixtures of both Associations are at the planning/consultative stages.
The Liberty Insurance All Ireland Camogie championship programme involves multiple teams and multiple players. Once the national fixtures programme is ratified, changes are far more difficult as county boards and provincial councils plan club and other county fixtures around available dates. It is usual for national fixtures to take precedence over other fixtures.
While the Camogie Association endeavours to accommodate preferences and requests and to accommodate dual players, a busy fixtures schedule at all levels means that, regrettably, it may not always be possible to resolve issues to everyone’s satisfaction, particularly if requests come after the national fixtures are ratified and published.
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