Cork camogie star Laura Tracey furious at the constant fixture clashes with ladies football

Cork camogie star Laura Tracey furious at the constant fixture clashes with ladies football

Limerick's Niamh Mulcahy and Laura Tracey of Cork

CORK camogie star Laura Treacy hasn’t ruled out the prospect of a player strike if the ongoing fixture clashes with the county’s ladies footballers continue to persist into the future.

As the Women’s Gaelic Players Association (WGPA) representative within her own squad, Treacy has been negotiating on behalf of the Leesiders’ five dual performers.

Depending on how each side progresses in their respective All-Ireland championships, there is the potential for both Cork teams to be playing on the same day on no fewer than three occasions.

“It shouldn’t be a case that something like that would have to happen. 

"But if it is something that has to happen, it’s something I personally would be willing to do,” Treacy said of a potential strike.

“A lot of the girls involved in the Cork senior camogie team, I know I can speak on behalf of them and say they’d be happy to do something like that. Because it’s something that is happening and not just in Cork. 

"It’s happening in different counties as well, but it just seems to be something that is happening so frequently.

“It seems to be something that is happening every year. If it is a case that something dramatic has to be done, that we just have to sit out for the rest of the year and that we’re not going to be playing on those fixture clashes, then I wouldn’t rule it out.” 

Treacy also confirmed the five players in question - Ciara McCarthy, Fiona Keating, Hannah Looney, Libby Coppinger and Meabh Cahalane - would be willing to boycott both games if they were to fall on the same day.

Cork's Laura Tracey and Ursula Jacob of Wexford Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Cathal Noonan
Cork's Laura Tracey and Ursula Jacob of Wexford Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Cathal Noonan

The Galway camogie team are open to pushing back their group encounter with the Rebelettes by 24 hours so that it doesn’t collide with the Cork footballers’ showdown against Kerry on November 7, but the issue could also arise in the knockout stages of both competitions.

“If we qualified for a quarter-final, which is on November 14, the Cork footballers are down as another clash on that day. They’re playing Cavan. If the camogie and the footballers are successful, we both will find ourselves in a semi-final on the same day [November 28].

“They feel the only option that is fair is that, if both clashes go ahead and there’s no resolution to be switching from a Saturday to a Sunday or vice versa, they will have to sit out those fixture clashes.

“It is something that we discussed during the week and I made contact with the WGPA and made them aware that could be the case. If there isn’t any resolution to what is going on then they have said the only fair way is for them to sit out of both.” Following an absence of just over seven months - they defeated Kilkenny in Division One of the National League at Páirc Uí Rinn on March 8 - Paudie Murray’s side will return to inter-county action with a trip to Offaly in Group One of the All-Ireland senior camogie championship on Saturday.

Unfortunately, a hand injury sustained while on club duty for Killeagh against Ballygarvan ensures Treacy is ruled out for this weekend. She is hoping to be back in time for the visit of Wexford to the Leeside a fortnight later and despite the unusual circumstances, the ace defender envisages an exciting championship being played out over the winter months.

“I’ve only played two inter-county games this year and they were way back in January and February. Usually we’d have loads of video analysis and stuff before going out and playing games, but Offaly haven’t had many games. People don’t have the video analysis to be looking at teams and how they’re playing,” said Treacy, who has worked on the frontline as a colposcopy nurse throughout the course of the Coronavirus pandemic.

“I know for instance Meg Farrell, she was taking the year out with Kilkenny but I met her only recently in passing and she’s back playing with them. It is going to be a really, really interesting championship. Leading into the winter and leading into Christmas, it’s going to be a different type of a game as well but it’s one that I’m really looking forward to.”

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