Merger needs to happen, says Paudie Murray

All-Ireland-winning Cork camogie manager Paudie Murray says “the sooner the Camogie Association and LGFA merge with the GAA, the better”.

Murray is disgusted that three Cork dual players were expected to play two games within the space of three hours this evening and believes a one-family association will bring an end to such “unfair” and “ridiculous” scheduling.

The Cork camogie team face Tipperary in the Munster final at Cashel (4.30pm) and will be without experienced duo Briege Corkery and Rena Buckley, management agreeing to allow the pair line out for Eamonn Ryan’s ladies football outfit in the Division 1 league final replay against Galway at O’Moore Park, Portloaise (7.30pm).

Dual panellist Meabh Cahalane will be present in Cashel with the camogie team.

The Rebel manager insists blame does not lie with Munster Camogie and accused Ladies Football chiefs of deliberately fixing the league final replay for 7.30pm to make it possible for the three players to line out at both venues.

“When the ladies football sat down to fix the replay, they knew full well the time and venue of the Munster camogie final. I believe they deliberately fixed the game for later in the evening to make it possible for the three to play both. They expected them to play both,” remarked Murray.

“The last GAA president was in favour of a merger involving the GAA, Camogie and Ladies Football and the sooner it happens the better. It will end situations like this where players are put in unfair situations.”

Murray added: “Nothing surprises me with some of the decisions that come down from Dublin. We’ve been critical of Munster Camogie in the past. In fairness to them, they moved our semi-final last weekend from the Saturday to the Sunday to allow the girls play in the ladies football. Why should they have to move two weeks in-a-row?

“There was no common sense coming from Dublin so we had to make sure common sense prevailed in that the girls didn’t play in both. Knowing Rena and Briege, they would have if they were let.”


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