Cahir camogie club have written to the Tipperary Camogie Board to inform them that they will not be fielding a team for today’s county junior final.
Cahir have cited the disregard to their player welfare as the ultimate factor for their decision.
In recent days, Cahir players and officials have voiced their anger and disbelief at being asked to play two county finals in the space of an exhausting 26 hour period.
At 12 noon on today, Cahir were scheduled to play Knockavilla in the county junior A camogie final at The Ragg.
26 hours later, tomorrow at 2pm, Cahir take on Aherlow in the Tipperary Ladies Football Senior A final in Tipperary town.
14 players are members of both Cahir panels, 10 of which are regular starters on the camogie and football teams.
Cahir camogie officials wrote to the Tipperary Camogie Board to inform them they will not be fulfilling today’s fixture.
Aishling Moloney of Cahir and Tipperary criticised the Tipperary’s Camogie Board for their handling of the scheduling conflict.
“On the weekend of the 12/13th of September, we played two County Semi Finals, Junior A Camogie followed by Senior Football and suffered the consequences. This Sunday the 27th, has always been LGFA County Final day in Tipperary. On the other hand, Camogie finals have occurred last weekend gone, the 19th/20th. Yet somehow the Junior was not played,” Moloney tweeted.
“This clash was flagged with officers of the Tipperary’s Camogie Board with the possibility of this being a problem.
With full backing from our club officers we followed procedures and tried to throw some light on this. It’s quite confusing that even though championship doesn’t extend beyond County Finals, that this match couldn’t be played the following weekend, or following weeks for that matter?!”
With no compromise from the Tipperary Camogie Board, Cahir have now done all they can and have taken the last resort step of pulling out of the final.
Moloney told RTE that “We have to take a stand, we have to raise awareness.”
“It’s upsetting that we have to do this. There are girls on the camogie team who don’t play football.
“Sport is there to be enjoyed and you don’t want to be engaging in this kind of controversy. Growing up I was encouraged to play camogie and football.
“With this going on, dropout will occur. We have raised awareness and we hope it won’t happen again.”
Pity as a club we’ve been given no other option than this 👇🏻. Thanks to @CahirClub for putting their playing members first, protecting player welfare and taking the situation out of our hands by taking this stance!! @TippFMSport @camogietipp https://t.co/nt0X2x80We— Aisling McCarthy (@aish_mac) September 24, 2020