Camogie chiefs adopt new play-off protocol

The Camogie Association has altered competition protocol pertaining to the All-Ireland senior championship to avoid a repeat of the coin toss controversy which marred the 2015 edition.

Camogie chiefs adopt new play-off protocol

Camogie Association top-brass came in for intense criticism last July when proposing that the fate of Clare and Dublin — the two counties finished level on points for the last remaining quarter-final spot at the end of the round-robin phase — be determined by a coin toss.

Both counties boycotted the attempted coin toss and a play-off was eventually granted.

In her report to Congress next week, Ard Stiúrthór Joan O’Flynn outlines that, in future, if two teams finish level on points in a round-robin format, score difference will first be taken into account in determining which team advances to the knock-out phase. If teams continue to remain on equal ranking then a play-off game will take place.

“The experience of 2015 has shaped agreement of a new procedure to determine a team’s progression in a round-robin based competition, O’Flynn concedes.

“In addition, in all competitions under the auspices of Ard Chomhairle and run on a league basis, three points will be awarded for a win and one point for a draw.”

The Camogie Association, along with the LGFA, came under further fire last July when a clash of championship fixtures forced Cork dual players, Rena Buckley and Briege Corkery, to play two games within a matter of hours.

A separate clashing of fixtures earlier in the summer — the Munster camogie final and ladies football league final replay both took place on the same Saturday in mid-May — saw the two players forced to pick one code over the other.

Discussions between the two organisations towards the end of last year saw an agreement reached that there would be no further clashes.

“A reciprocal arrangement is now in place whereby the All-Ireland camogie semi-finals are scheduled for August 13, 2016, and the football quarter-final that will involve a Munster representative is moved to August 20,” explained O’Flynn.

“A similar reciprocal arrangement was proposed to avoid the recurring clash between the Munster LGFA finals and a round-robin game of the All-Ireland camogie championships.

The proposal was to alternate the date of the camogie and football games each year to avoid a direct clash.

“Co-operation, communication and decision making of county boards and team managements in relation to training demands and selection of dual players is also a critical element.”

National level meetings continued in 2015 with regard to the Camogie Association and LGFA coming under the GAA umbrella and O’Flynn is in favour of a one club model.

“In my experience, the identity of camogie is strengthened and not threatened by the one club model.

“Through the model, camogie’s use of facilities is less by grace and favour and more by agreement because camogie has a direct say in how the club is run through having representation on central club decision-making structures while running its own affairs through sub-committee structures.”

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