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Camogie Players "Devastated" Over Coin Toss Withdrawal

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12:48 29 Jul 2015


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The controversy over the Camogie Association’s decision to hold a coin toss to decide who would progress to the All-Ireland quarter finals rumbles on.

The coin toss was due to take place this morning after the counties finished level in their group.

The winner would've progressed to a quarter final clash with Wexford at the weekend.

But both counties decided last night to withdraw from the coin toss in protest.

It leaves the future of the All-Ireland Camogie Championship in doubt, with other counties now reportedly set to boycott the rest of the Championship as well.

There has still been no comment from the Camogie Association on this morning’s developments.

The players have released a statement, via the Women’s Gaelic Players Association, saying they are “devastated” to have to withdraw.

“We, the players from the Clare and Dublin Senior Camogie Panels would like to take this opportunity to express our extreme disappointment with the decision taken by the Camogie Association to proceed with the drawing of lots to decide which team progresses to play in an All Ireland Quarter Final this coming Saturday

“We feel hugely disrespected as players and feel like we are in a no win situation.

“We are amateur players who train several times per week collectively and individually, making personal and financial sacrifices to represent our county team. 

“Throughout this entire process we have not once been consulted with nor does it appear to us that our opinion matters to the Camogie Association. 

“This decision has far reaching consequences beyond a game; we players are emotionally drained and devastated about this decision, yet once again, we reiterate that this does not seem to have been considered at national level. 

“To be selected to play in an All Ireland Quarter Final based on the drawing of lots contradicts our sense of integrity as county players, and almost makes a mockery of our commitment to our sport. 

“Both sets of players would like to earn their place in the knock out series; a random selection process like this is disrespectful to a national competition that we hold in high regard.

“We are devastated to have to withdraw from this year’s championship but feel we are at a stage where we must expect more from those who govern our sport. 

“We do feel we have been scapegoated to some extent but appreciate hugely all of the support we have received publicly and privately. 

“Our remaining hope is that the Camogie Association reflects once again on their decision, and considers the impact it has on players, and on the perception of their highest-grade competition.


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