Orla O'Dwyer celebrates with Karren Kennedy following Tipperary's win over Limerick in the All Ireland Senior Camogie quarter final last Saturday. PHOTO: Oisin Keniry/INPHO

Dual star O'Dwyer in a bind over semi-final clash

Tipperary Ladies Gaelic Football Association (LGFA) have appealed to the LGFA and Camogie Association to work together to avoid placing dual players in a situation where they have to choose between playing in All Ireland sem-finals in Camogie and Ladies Football on the same day.

Such a fate has be-fallen Tipperary dual star Orla O’Dwyer after both the senior camogie and intermediate ladies football teams progressed to the All Ireland semi-finals with both games pencilled in for Saturday 17th August.

This situation has occurred previously and is in direct contravention of the the current mantra 20X20 Women in Sport. If she can’t see it she can’t be it, being proffered by both organisations,” said the Tipperary LGFA in a strong statement on Monday evening.

It is the second successive year a clash has happened with last years senior camogie semi-final clashing with the senior ladies football relegation final. However, Cavan agreed to move the relegation game to a Sunday, but on the proviso it was played in Cavan which Tipp agreed to with the Premier girls ended up losing and falling back into the intermediate grade.

However, when both associations published their masters fixtures plan at the start of the year, the camogie semi-finals and the intermediate ladies football semi-finals were pencilled in for 17th August, despite the senior ladies football semi-finals not taking place until 25 August at Croke Park.

Tipperary LGFA highlighted this possibility to the LGFA on 22nd January 2019 and feel that seven months notice is sufficient to request that this fixture be amended to allow Orla compete in both All Ireland Semi-finals,” added the Tipp LGFA statement.


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