THIS weekend’s camogie and football championship matches are under the spotlight due to a clash of fixtures involving Carnew Emmets.
At time of writing, the Carnew footballers are scheduled to travel to Newtown to play in the Junior ‘B’ semi-finals on Sunday at 10:30am, while that same day sees Carnew scheduled to take on Annacurra in the intermediate camogie championship final at 2 p.m. in Arklow.
Up to 11 or 12 of the starting camogie team also play football.
It is understood that this coming weekend had been lined up for the football semi-finals since May, while Wicklow Camogie chairman Ivor Lehane said that this Sunday had been booked for the county final since August.
Lehane said that he had written to Wicklow LGFA concerning potentially rescheduling the football semi-final for next weekend, while he also claimed that the next available date for the camogie final to be played would be November 21.
Annacurra confirmed that they had been asked about potentially moving the game to October 31, but said that availability of players would be an issue beyond this weekend. Newtown were also asked about potentially deferring the game to a later date, but for them to rule this out for similar reasons to Annacurra.
Speaking to the Wicklow People, Carnew camogie manager Tom Darcy admitted that the situation is not ideal, but said that they would go along with the plan if both games are played on the same day.
He said: “If we have to play the two games, we will. It is probably a little bit unfair because we are a dual club. There are probably only four or five dual clubs in the county. I know lots of the camogie clubs have dual players, but probably over 90 per cent of our panel would play both for us.”