Sportstalk don’t normally reveal exclusives as we like to focus on the positives of our game but after hearing from the Waterford Camogie camp something has to change from the top to stop this kind of carry on from continuing to happen in an age where media outlets are falling over themselves trying to promote Camogie and women’s sport in Ireland.
In a hard hitting statement the Waterford Senior Camogie team have requested a meeting with the Camogie Association to address changes they believe are needed arising from their experiences in this years All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship.
During the year they have experienced a game being called off due to inadequate medical presence in the ground, a championship game being changed at five days notice and finding out about this change through social media.
Remarkably the change of fixture rule for senior championship Camogie is only five days!
They have called on the association and the WGPA to engage to drag the sports administration in line with the professional levels of preparation of the participating counties.
Sportstalk.ie are fully supportive of the Waterford squad and we stand behind them and their manager Donal O’Rourke.
Full Player Statement reads as follows….
“If she can’t see it, she can’t be it”: If she can’t hear, she won’t say it
Waterford Senior Camogie Panel: Players Statement 18th July 2019
We, the Waterford Senior Camogie panel, are together voicing our frustrations and highlighting the issues we have encountered during the 2019 All Ireland Championship season. We seek to engage with the National Camogie Association to ensure these do not occur again. Rule 33.2 allows for All Ireland Championship match fixtures to be changed with only 5 days’ notice.
The Camogie Association changed the date of our senior All Ireland championship fixture versus Cork due to be played on the 20th July, in accordance with Rule 33.2 (see attached notes for Rule 33.2). The late notice has affected our players. Members of our senior camogie panel work weekends, to finance their college education and fund their sport participation. Late notice impacts upon working hours, causing financial loss. We have a panel member commuting from England to represent her county. For her to play the original fixture date she took holiday leave from work, the late change results in her being unavailable for selection. Players shape their family lives around dedicating time to their sport. Issues on communication in relation to this were confounded by players becoming aware of the fixture change through social media.
Unfortunately, five days’ notice is within the rules but is not the same for players to give notice to employers, airlines and life logistics. Allowing the change of date of an All Ireland Senior Camogie
championship match with 5 days’ notice disrespects the effort of players training since October of last year and who organise their lives based on championship fixture dates set in January.
We stand with our ladies’ football colleagues and agree no player should be in a situation where they have to choose between representing their county at Camogie or ladies football, which has
occurred for players around the country this year, including our own panel member. Our grievance is with the five days’ notice rule for a fixture change and not addressing the clash of
fixtures earlier in the year.
So far this year, we experienced lack of adequate medical support at a championship match resulting in game abandonment and come this Sunday we will have fielded for championship matches 6 weeks in a row. Change needs to happen within the Camogie Association to ensure players are
recognized as athletes.
We, as a panel, have written to the National Camogie Association to meet with us to ensure these situations do not arise again and action is taken. We call on engagement between the National Camogie Association and the WGPA and on our fellow players to act with us for changes within our sport to allow our game and players flourish.
We fully support the 20/20 vision, of “If she can’t see it, she can’t be it”, we want to inspire young girls to participate in sport and also to speak up, united, to fight to be treated respectfully as athlete.
The Waterford Senior Camogie Panel
Camogie Constitution Rules 2019/20
Section E: Competitions Management and Administration Control of Matches and Penalties 33.2 For all competitions, participating Units will be notified of the date of a fixture by the Unit
Secretary or by a Fixtures Sub-Committee delegated this task in accordance with the following
• at least five days email notice for competitions run by County Boards unless otherwise provided for
in County bye-laws;
• at least five days e-mail notice for all InterCounty and All-Ireland competitions. E-mail notification
of venue and time must be given no later than 48 hours prior to the fixture.