Ladies Football and Camogie bodies on collision course
DESPITE a joint press-release from the LGFA and the Camogie Association earlier this week, Cork camogie boss Paudie Murray is insisting that something will have to shift over the next month.
Both organisations confirmed that their respective All-Ireland Senior semi-finals will take place on Saturday August 18.
They declared that due to live television broadcast commitments – Camogie with RTÉ and Ladies Football with TG4 – it is not possible for either Association to move their respective fixtures.
That effectively means there is a strong possibility of a fixture clash for some dual players – and Cork are right in the firing line for this, should their footballers, as expected, reach the semi-final stage.
“Some one of them will have to change. It is just ludicrous,” Murray claimed ahead of his side's final group game with Offaly this weekend.
Cork's score-difference of 72 points is far superior to what either Dublin or Tipperary could achieve even in the unlikely event of holders Cork falling to Offaly.
So the Leesiders will be involved in camogie on August 18.
“It might take the WPGPA to come bang a couple of heads together and sort it out.
“I can't understand why the Ladies' Football Association can't put their two semi-finals on the same weekend, as Camogie does, and that will free up a complete weekend.
“We have a few dual players and so do other counties – and it is only fair that if they qualify for that level of competition that they get a fair crack of the whip,” said the self-employed auctioneer, who has guided the rebels to three of the last four All-Ireland titles.
Just last Saturday, Tipperary's Orla Bergin played in two games within the space of a couple of hours – against Kerry in football and then later in the afternoon she scored in a narrow win over Offaly in camogie.
“By and large, we in Cork have worked our way around situations like this. We moved our group game against Dublin to Sunday last month to avoid a clash with the Munster football final.
“But it's unacceptable that girls should have to play two games on the same day, or be asked to choose between the two sports because of “TV commitments”. Player welfare is much more important.”
The joint press statement from the two organisations recognise that a clash is almost inevitable, but claim that it is not always possible to work around such eventualities.
At the moment Cork camogie is the only team guaranteed to be playing in a semi-final on August 18, but expect this story to gather legs as the football competition closes in on the date.
Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Championship Group 1
Nowlan Park: Kilkenny v Galway
Both these teams are through to the knock-out stages of the championship next month. This game will decide who goes straight into the semi-finals and who has a quarter-final against the third placed-team in Group 2.
Kilkenny hold a slight advantage in that they have a better score difference and therefore Galway need a win to overtake them, whereas a draw will see Kilkenny top the group.
Kilkenny seem to be able to time their preparations so that they are reaching the boil at the right time. The home venue will give them an added advantage but this could be a close enough game.
Cusack Park Ennis: Clare v Waterford
Last Saturday first half goals from Beth Carton and Kaiesha Tobin gave Waterford their first every win in the senior championship, a 2-11 to 0-15 victory over Limerick who are eliminated.
They now have the opportunity to make more history if they can draw or beat Clare in this final group game. That would take them through to the knock-out stages.
It has been a steady rise for the Déise girls from winning the Junior All-Ireland in 2011 and then the 2015 Intermediate title and backing this up with solid challenges in under-age competitions.
Clare took a 4-13 to 0-2 hammering from Kilkenny last day out and will be quite vulnerable, although home venue will help them.
Verdict: Waterford to make history, by a short margin
Liberty Insurance Senior Camogie Championship Group 2:
Páirc Uí Rinn: Cork v Offaly
Only a miracle will stop unbeaten Cork from picking up the automatic semi-final spot. Even if they are defeated in this fixture, they are going into the game with a score-difference of more than 60 points better than any of the teams that can finish second.
Parnell Park: Dublin v Tipperary
These are the teams that will finish second and third. Offaly need to beat Cork to deny one of them a spot on possible score-difference.
Dublin started the campaign with average results, but have improved in recent games.
Tipperary on the other hand have played fairly poorly in games against lower placed teams, but still managed to get a winning score near the end. Last week Offaly led them from the opening score until injury time when they dropped a free into the area and someone poked it home.
Verdict: A draw would look likely, but Dublin are improving each day and might just edge home.
Enniscorthy: Wexford v Meath
A meaningless game for both teams. Both have shipped four straight defeats and cannot qualify for latter stages. An opportunity to give loyal substitutes game-time.
Liberty Insurance Senior Camogie Championship Group 1 Table
Pld W D L PD Pts
Kilkenny 3 3 0 0 42 9
Galway 3 3 0 0 35 9
Waterford 3 1 0 2 -20 3
Clare 3 0 1 2 -33 1
Limerick 4 0 1 3 -24 1
Group 1 Results to date
June 9: Galway 1-16 Clare 0-9, Kilkenny 2-18 Limerick 0-11
June 16: Galway 4-12 Waterford 0-8, Clare 0-8 Limerick 0-8
June 30: Galway 3-14 Limerick 1-11, Kilkenny 1-13 Waterford 0-10
July 14: Kilkenny 4-13 Clare 0-2, Waterford 2-11 Limerick 0-15
Liberty Insurance Senior Camogie Championship Group 2 Table
Pld W D L PD Pts
Cork 4 4 0 0 72 12
Tipperary 4 3 0 1 11 9
Dublin 4 3 0 1 0 9
Offaly 4 2 0 2 11 6
Wexford 4 0 0 4 -28 0
Meath 4 0 0 4 -66 0
Group 2 results to date
June 9th: Cork 0-19 Wexford 0-7, Dublin 3-14 Offaly 3-9, Tipperary 6-14 Meath 0-9
June 23rd: Offaly 3-11 Meath 0-9, Wexford 2-8 Tipperary 1-14, Cork 4-15 Dublin 2-3
July 7th: Cork 1-27 Tipperary 1-12, Offaly 1-18 Wexford 1-12, Dublin 2-11 Meath 0-8
July 14th ; Wexford 0-13 Dublin 1-14, Tipperary 1-14 Offaly 2-10, Meath 0-6, Cork 3-21
Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Intermediate Championship Group 2
Randalstown: Antrim v Kildare
The championship has gone downhill for the Saffrons after a heavy opening day defeat in Kilkenny was followed by an injury-time smash and grab from Galway in Portglenone.
Kildare were not supposed to do well.
This is an opportunity to raise the spirits with one round of games left.
Ballinasloe: Galway v Westmeath
It is all very crowded at the top end of the table where Galway lead by a single point from Westmeath and Kilkenny.
Westmeath were expected to be the team to beat, but they stumbled against Tipperary in Round 2 and now have another away fixture to keep their semi-final hopes alive.
Verdict: Westmeath, provided they have their strongest team available
Callan: Kilkenny v Tipperary
The loser here will almost certainly drop out of contention for a semi-final spot. Kilkenny have been very impressive on home soil, Tipperary's big result was against Westmeath.
Group 2 results to date:
June 16th: Kilkenny 3-14 Antrim 0-6, Galway 3-11 Tipperary 2-14, Westmeath 6-13 Kildare 2-5
June 30th: Antrim 3-07 Galway 2-11, Kilkenny 4-15 Kildare 0-6, Tipperary 3-13 Westmeath 4-8
Saturday 7th: Kildare 0-6 Galway 4-16, Westmeath 2-13 Kilkenny 2-7
Team Played Won Drawn Lost Points Diff Points
Galway 3 2 1 0 25 7
Kilkenny 3 2 0 1 33 6
Westmeath 3 2 0 1 24 6
Tipperary 2 1 1 0 2 4
Kildare 3 0 0 3 -66 0
Antrim 2 0 0 2 -18 0
Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Premier Junior Championship:
Abbeydorney: Kerry v Limerick
Drumcullen: Offaly v Clare
Sunday 4pm in St Dominic's: Roscommon v Dublin
JUST one round of games played so far in this championship and Dublin and Kerry look to be the teams to beat.
Verdict: Wins for Dublin, Offaly and Kerry v Limerick to end in a draw
Dublin scorers: A Dillon (0-15, 0-11 frees), L Quinn (0-2), CE Twoomey (0-2), C Dawson (0-1), L O'Shea (0-1)
Armagh: C Donnelly (1-6, 0-5 frees), C Beagan (0-1), B Murray (0-1).
Results to date :
Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Premier Junior Championship Group 1:
July 14: Kerry 2-11 Clare 0-6, Limerick 0-11 Offaly 1-7
Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Premier Junior Championship Group 2:
July 14: Dublin 0-22 Armagh 1-8