Cork camogie and ladies football squads release joint statement
The Cork camogie and ladies football squads have issued a statement urging the Camogie Association and the Ladies Gaelic Football Association to change this weekend’s fixtures to avoid another fixture clash.
The footballers are due to meet Tipperary on Saturday afternoon at 2pm in Clonakilty, while the camogie side are away to Clare at 3pm – both games are must win championship games.
Cork have four dual players – Hannah Looney, Aoife Healy, Orlaith Cahalane and Libby Coppinger.
The statement asks that both associations would meet as soon as possible to rearrange one or both games – with the statement saying that forcing the dual players into an impossible and unfair decision is wrong.
The statement in full reads:
“It is with deep disappointment and regret that we the players of the Cork Senior Camogie & Ladies Gaelic football squads are putting out this statement.
“Both national organizations have, as part of their guidelines and following their respective congresses, given commitments to support dual players.
“However, in this and other recent situations, this is not being adhered to.
“We have respectfully exhausted all avenues and feel this is our last resort and appeal to you to help us resolve it.
“We have provided multiple solutions to the situation but to this point, none have been accepted by either organisation.
“We are requesting that the Ard Chomhairle of the Camogie and Ladies Gaelic Football Associations would organise to meet as soon as possible to rearrange one or both of the upcoming fixtures so that the dual players are available to play both games.
“The Camogie and Ladies Football games on July 1st are both must-win games, for both squads to continue participation in both competitions.
“We feel to force dual players and in our case four of our teammates into an impossible and unfair decision is wrong and we are looking for support to resolve this 3rd clash of fixtures, this year.
“With great honour and pride, we represent our counties at the elite level of our sports.
“This honour, pride and effort is reflected by players, mentors, managers, backroom staff, their families and county boards.
“We would much prefer to be concentrating on and preparing for our upcoming must-win games in both codes.
“All we are requesting is that the welfare of the player, and equality, would be at the heart of each organization’s decision.
“It is our privilege to represent our counties on the playing fields, it is what we want to do, it is what we have spent months preparing to do.
“We implore both organisations to help us resolve this.
“Please don’t force our team mates to choose.”