The Camogie Association have moved the Liberty Insurance Championship fixture between All Ireland Champions Galway and the predecessor’s Cork to Sunday, November 8th from one day earlier to avoid a direct clash with the Cork Ladies Footballers.

A statement issued by the Association yesterday afternoon spoke of “ongoing work by the Camogie Association over the past number of weeks to avoid fixture clashes with LGFA fixtures where possible.”

“The Camogie Association are happy to respond positively to a request from Galway Camogie Board and can confirm that the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Championship Group 1 fixture between Galway versus Cork, originally scheduled for Saturday, November 7th has now been re-arranged for Sunday, November 8th to avoid a clash with a Cork LGFA fixture.”

“We thank Galway Camogie Board and their management team for their co-operation on this matter.”

“We will continue to work with our colleagues in Camogie County Boards and with the LGFA to facilitate dual players where possible within the current fixtures schedule.”

There has been strong criticism of the apparent disregard for dual players but a number of elements need to be considered.

First is that the two Associations at national and county level have to set campaign schedules in a very narrow window of opportunity.

Second is the fact that now, and for a few years to come, the pool of players taking part at the highest level is smaller than in the Men’s games and the proportion playing both games, also to the highest level is higher.

That said, there needs to be a greater collaboration at the early stage of fixture planning so that decisions are not so often being taken in the spotlight of player frustration and in the public realm.

This change means that Cork’s five players on both panels will have two games in 24 hours which is far from ideal but the reality is that the Gaelic Games is unique in having developed two very strong codes, played alongside at every level from academies at club level to the high points of All Ireland Finals.

We encourage as many to play both and we need to accommodate them where possible but we also need to recognise that the world of fixture planning can at times be like putting together a 1,000 piece jigsaw in poor light.

In 2020, it’s like the pieces are upside down as well.

Sport for Business Partners