Sunday 25 September 2016

Controversial camogie coin toss to determine final qualifier to go-ahead despite appeals

Published 28/07/2015 | 19:31

Dublin manager Shane O'Brien has described the coin toss as
Dublin manager Shane O'Brien has described the coin toss as "ludicrous"
Dublin forward Sarah O'Donovan

The controversial 'coin toss' draw to determine the final qualifier from Group 2 of the Liberty Insurance Senior Camogie Championship will go ahead as planned tomorrow.

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The decision had been deferred on foot of appeals lodged by both Dublin and Clare, but the toss will now go-ahead tomorrow morning with the winner to play three days later.

Clare's 4-19 to 1-6 win over Derry at Cusack Park drew Colm Honan's charges level with Dublin in third place and it remains to be seen which of those will now play Wexford in one of the two All-Ireland quarter-finals.

The Camogie Association ruled that their objections cannot be heard and that the tie-breaking procedure must stand — effectively ending one team’s championship with a ‘coin toss.’

"The National Transfer Hearing and Disciplinary Committee (NTHDC) have issued the following, on the appeals lodged by Clare and Dublin Camogie Boards, that the appeals cannot be heard for the following reason (s)," a statement on the Camogie's Association website read.

"1) Under Section 5.1 of the Official Guide part IV Disciplinary Code and THDC Mandatory Procedures Third Edition 2015.

"-There shall be no appeal against a decision of Ard Chomhairle or any Unit in implementing such a decision.

 "2) Under Section 5.2a of Official Guide part IV Disciplinary Code and THDC Mandatory Procedures Third Edition 2015.

The procedure was branded as “ludicrous” by Dublin manager Shane O’Brien, and both counties lodged appeals minutes after Clare’s final group game was completed on Sunday.

The draw will be streamed live on the Camogie Association’s YouTube channel at 9.30am

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