Friday 19 April 2019

Cork walkover shows how far Wexford camogie has fallen

Martin Carey: Former Wexford boss. Photo: SPORTSFILE
Martin Carey: Former Wexford boss. Photo: SPORTSFILE
Michael Verney

Michael Verney

Wexford sat atop the camogie mountain having completed an All-Ireland senior three-in-a-row just seven years ago but now the Model ladies are unable to field a side in the Camogie League.

A golden generation of Wexford players like Ursula Jacob, Kate Kelly and Mags D'Arcy helped to secure four All-Ireland during that spell (2007 and '10-'12) but they have taken a massive fall from grace in the intervening period.

They were forced to hand a walkover to Cork in their Division 1 meeting last Saturday due to insufficient numbers with club, college and work commitments cited as the reason behind its late postponement.

Wexford scraped together a team the previous week as they opened their league campaign with a loss to Waterford, and Model officials are hoping that they can muster a team to face Galway away this weekend.

They are minus six or seven St Martin's players as they prepare for the All-Ireland senior club camogie final against Derry's Slaughtneil on March 3 but they are also without a manager.

Martin Carey, brother of Kilkenny great DJ, had been at the helm throughout 2018 but his reign ended under a cloud before the league commenced in the latest controversy in Wexford camogie.

Candidates are currently being sought to fill the vacant position but Wexford face an uphill climb to maintain their Division 1 status with two losses from two games.

Wexford slumped to fifth place in their championship group last summer, winning just one game from five, while their intermediate side withdrew when several players departed the squad.

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