Rebel County’s dual stars landed in fixture dilemma again

Cork dual players Hannah Looney and Libby Coppinger are facing the prospect of having to choose one code over the other on Saturday, August 18 and, in the process, miss out on an All-Ireland semi-final.

Rebel County’s dual stars landed in fixture dilemma again

Cork dual players Hannah Looney and Libby Coppinger are facing the prospect of having to choose one code over the other on Saturday, August 18 and, in the process, miss out on an All-Ireland semi-final.

Cork’s All-Ireland camogie semi-final against Tipperary is fixed for Saturday week in Thurles (7.15pm), the same day as the Cork ladies footballers are supposed to meet Donegal in the All-Ireland semi-final. The latter fixture has yet to be officially confirmed, largely because there are discussions taking place to see can an alternative date be found so Looney and Coppinger do not miss either All-Ireland semi-final.

The pair are part of the Cork camogie defence, while Coppinger kicked 1-1 during the footballers’ facile quarter-final victory over Westmeath on Monday. Looney was the first sub introduced by manager Ephie Fitzgerald in that game. Cork ladies football have put in a request for their semi-final to be moved to Saturday, August 25, the afternoon which the second All-Ireland ladies football semi-final is scheduled for.

Cork ladies football manager Ephie Fitzgerald talks to his players before Monday's quarter-final win over Westmeath
Cork ladies football manager Ephie Fitzgerald talks to his players before Monday's quarter-final win over Westmeath

The Cork-Tipperary camogie fixture is being televised live by RTÉ on Saturday week and is therefore unlikely to be moved. There have been suggestions the winners of this weekend’s All-Ireland ladies football quarter-finals (Galway v Mayo and Dublin v Kerry) would play their semi-final on Saturday week, instead of August 25, although that is not expected to find much traction with the counties involved such is the quick turnaround.

I really hope a resolution can be found so Libby and Hannah are not faced with a choice. That wouldn’t be right or fair on the two players,” said Cork camogie boss Paudie Murray.

“The Cork ladies footballers, I understand, have asked for their game to be switched with the other semi-final or played as a double-header on Saturday, August 25. TG4, I am led to believe, don’t have a problem with the Cork-Donegal match being played on August 25.”

This is the second time in as many months where Looney and Coppinger have been faced with a fixtures clash. On the last occasion, the the Camogie Association moved their game to accommodate the dual players.

Elsewhere, the two remaining ladies football All-Ireland quarter-finals — Galway v Mayo (3pm) and Dublin v Kerry (5pm) — have been fixed for Dr Hyde Park in Roscommon this Sunday.

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