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Corkery bemoans Cork Fixture clash
07 Jul 2015 17:05
Cork’s Briege Corkery has criticised the Camogie Association and the Munster Ladies Gaelic Football Association over a fixture clash that leaves her and fellow dual stars facing the prospect of playing two crucial matches in one day, saying it would not have been allowed to happen to male county players.
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The Rebelettes play Offaly at Páirc Uí Rinn in the third round of the Camogie Championship at 2pm on Saturday, before their ladies football team face Kerry in the Munster football final in Mallow, with throw-in scheduled for 6pm.
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Clare dual players are also affected by a clash this Saturday: Clare’s camogie team are scheduled to play Dublin, with an anticipated midday throw-in, and the Banner’s ladies footballers are due to be in action in the Munster intermediate final against Waterford at 4pm, also in Mallow. Four dual players will be impacted.
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The scheduling means a number of Cork’s and Clare’s dual stars face the prospect of playing two games on the same day.
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Speaking to RTÉ Sport's Game On, dual star Corkery said the outcome was “very disappointing”.
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“It’s not just Rena [Buckley, fellow dual star], Meabh Cahalane and myself that are involved. It’s the both panels.
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“The camogie team and the football team and management: we’re all losing out, really. It’s just a pity: this could be all sorted very easily, by just meeting at the start of the year.”
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She said the current clash went against assurances she had received on a previous occasion when a similar clash arose.
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“There have been clashes before. There were clashes in 2009, ’10, ’11, and ’12. And I don’t think we’ve ever really complained before. But I don’t think we’re asking for too much, either: we don’t want a week’s grace or anything; all we want is a day between the two games.”
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Corkery said that it was too late to fix the situation for this weekend, but admitted the dual stars would be “under pressure” to play both games, but they did not want let either team down.
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“You’re putting people at risk,” she said. “It’s just small things as well, but they all add up. At the end of the day, we’re not professionals. We get nothing for it. We get no expenses. It’s just for the love of the sport.”
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She insisted that the players did not want to blame anyone, or start as argument. “It’s just to sort it out down the line.”
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Asked by Cork’s 96FM earlier whether a similar clash would be allowed to happen if male dual stars were involved, Corkery said simply: “No, and I think if the clash had happened, one of [the organisations] would have moved.”
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The WGPA issued a statement today in which it said the situation was “unacceptable” for the players involved.
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“There are serious issues around player welfare, potential injury and diminished performance, as well as the health and safety of the players rushing between venues,” the WGPA said.
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“After months of diligent preparation, both the players and the teams involved deserve the chance to deliver their best performance.”
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The WGPA said a compromise, possibly involving games being staggered over a weekend, would serve to benefit both the players and the profile of our games.
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WGPA Chair Aoife Lane told RTÉ Sport that “it would have been seen from a long way off, the football clash with Cork, because there are only two teams in the senior Munster championship.”
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She pointed out that while the clashes directly impact on seven players, they are “impacting on all four squads as well”.
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Contacted about the clash by RTÉ Sport, the LGFA said the Munster Championship final date was set by the Munster Ladies Gaelic Football Association. The LGFA would take over from the first round of the qualifiers, a spokesman said, adding that “All our fixtures were put in place in November 2014, to give clarity”.
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Attempts to reach the President of the MLGFA were unsuccessful.
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The Camogie Association issued a statement in which it said it had received no request from the Cork Camogie Board for the Cork camogie match to be rescheduled. Clare Camogie Board had sent such a request, which was not granted, the Camogie Association said.
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The association said it had received a request from the Cork Camogie Board for it make representation to the LGFA, which it did. It said it had received representations from the WGPA and a Cork player.
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The association said "the best opportunity to avoid Camogie/LGFA fixture clashes is when the fixtures of both Associations are at the planning/consultative stages."
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For more listen to Game On, weeknights from 7pm on 2FM
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