Tuesday 6 December 2016

Joe Molloy: Women's GPA inaction over coin toss farce just not good enough

Joe Molloy

Published 05/08/2015 | 02:30

Clare captain Kate Lynch wins the coin toss at the start of Saturday’s senior camogie play-off, but it was Rachel Noctor and her Dublin team-mates that emerged triumphant – advancing to play Wexford just two days later
Clare captain Kate Lynch wins the coin toss at the start of Saturday’s senior camogie play-off, but it was Rachel Noctor and her Dublin team-mates that emerged triumphant – advancing to play Wexford just two days later

So Wexford edged out Dublin on Monday after a week which should embarrass all concerned in the Camogie Association.

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For reasons few can fathom, the drawing of lots was deemed preferable to working off points difference, one of the most universally accepted metrics in world sport.

Joan O'Flynn, CEO of the Camogie Association, told us last Wednesday that it was a learning process for all involved. Indeed.

Equally frustrating, though, is that the Dublin players were asked to play on Saturday, rest Sunday and then play an All-Ireland quarter-final on Monday; this with a gap weekend before the semi-finals on the 15th.

O'Flynn said several times that people needed to move on, that the players had all accepted the Association's 'solution'.

The solution seemed a desperately unfair one. My impression from the interview is that the logistics of a fairer arrangement for Dublin or Clare weren't really looked into.

I asked O'Flynn how many games would be affected by moving Wexford v Dublin back a week and she didn't know.

Fair enough. The Camogie Association will do things how they want to.

The real disappointment was the role of the Women's GPA. They were founded in January, a long overdue development.

At their launch they said: "We're looking to ensure minimum standards across the board for all inter-county camogie and ladies football teams."

So a simple question, were minimum standards met here? Is that a situation they are happy to stand over for years to come?

Glaring

The Women's GPA have been up-front about needing time to find their feet, but this was a glaring opportunity to step in and make a bold statement about the future treatment of their members.

Aoife Lane of the WGPA was also on the show last Wednesday and admitted the short turnaround wasn't ideal. That was about the strongest thing I heard or saw the WGPA saying.

One hopes that next year they'll be ready for the fight.

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