On Wednesday evening Clare camogie board issued a statement in which they clearly take issue with the camogie association’s comments concerning a clash of fixtures involving the association and the ladies football association on Saturday July 11.
Clare are scheduled to play round 2 of the All-Ireland senior camogie championship on Saturday afternoon when they host Dublin while the Clare lady footballers will play the Munster intermediate football final against Waterford in Mallow on the same afternoon. Four players are common to both panels
In their statement the national body suggested that the best opportunity to avoiding such fixture clashes is when both associations are at the planning/consultative stage
According to the Clare statement, issued through the board’s public relations officer Brid McNamara “Clare Camogie Board notified the Camogie Association on Tuesday 11th November 2014 of the potential clash of various fixtures in the 2015 season, including that of the 11th July(next Saturday).
“Clare Camogie Board again notified the camogie association of the clash within 48 hours of the Clare lady footballers having qualified for the Munster Intermediate final on Saturday 20th June. Clare Camogie Board is extremely disappointed that having taken the appropriate actions within viable timelines to avoid or change this clash of Fixtures that 4 players are now in the very regrettable position of having to decide which code they play on Saturday afternoon”.
The statement concluded by “wishing all players on both the camogie and ladies football panels good luck in their crucial games at the weekend”.
By Seamus Hayes