MOVES are afoot to merge the Camogie Association with the GAA within the next few years. One of the recommendations of a Development Plan set up by the Camogie Association is that the organisations should join up.It is envisaged that the merger would be phased in over a three year period, following the adoption in principle of the move by the annual Congresses of both organisations.
Among other radical recommendations in the camogie plan are that games would be composed of 15 players, as in hurling, that a full hurling pitch would be used, and that players would wear shorts.
All of that is for the long term, but of more immediate concern to camogie followers is this Sunday's All-Ireland senior club championship final between Granagh-Ballingarry of Limerick and Dublin champions St Vincent's at Ballingarry.
Neither side have won this competition before, but with home advantage, Granagh-Ballingarry will be warm favourites.
The Limerick side have been knocking on the door for the past two years in 1996 they contested the All-Ireland final against Pearses of Galway and lost out 1-8 to 2-3, while last year they were defeated by Lisdowney of Kilkenny at the semi-final stage.
Ballingarry have a good blend of youth and experience, and nine of their players have won All-Ireland senior colleges medals with St Mary's Charleville. Many of the panel also hold All-Ireland medals with Limerick at both junior and intermediate level, while Mary O'Connor won an All-Ireland senior championship medal with Cork this year.
St Vincents, formerly known as Marino, have a very experienced panel, with Carmel O'Byrne and Germaine Noonan having won All-Ireland senior championship medals with Dublin in 1984.
Their panel also includes Niamh Cregan, daughter of Limerick hurling manager Eamon. Niamh was on the Limerick team trained by her father and which won the All Ireland Junior and Intermediate titles in recent years and on Sunday she will come up against ten members of that county panel.
FIXTURE Sunday All-Ireland senior club championship final: Granagh-Ballingarry (Limerick) v St Vincent's (Dublin), Ballingarry 2.0, Ref Biddy Phillips (Tipperary).