Cork legend Murphy: Dual players have to take a stand to sort fixture problems

Cork legend Murphy: Dual players have to take a stand to sort fixture problems

Hannah Looney of Cork in action against Aislinn Desmond of Kerry. The dual player has been caught between loyalty to both codes in recent years. Picture: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

FORMER Cork ladies football captain, Juliet Murphy, can't believe that the fixture problems surrounding dual players is still ongoing, something she feels should have been resolved long before now.

Juliet was speaking as TG4 announced their coverage of ladies football championship games this year, with Cork's first game next Saturday against Kerry.

Picture: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Picture: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

She said this is something she feels strongly about and you can feel the anger inside her when speaking about this ongoing problem with ladies football and camogie inter-county games often scheduled for the same day.

“I am almost intolerant of this, I think your resource is your players and they are your asset and in this case it's a shared asset. So it needs to be looked after and treated properly.

“I think a motion around recognising the dual player wasn't passed at the camogie or ladies football congresses this year and I don't know the people behind these decisions.

“But it would appear to me that it's administrative people behind these decisions and not players. Because players need to have a voice and be listened to and they need to be looked after.

“I can remember the likes of Mary O'Connor, Briege Corkery and Rena Buckley, Angela Walsh and others, going the length and breadth of the country playing games and then tearing to another venue to play in the other code.

Angela Walsh and Louise Galvin of Kerry. Picture: INPHO/Ryan Byrne
Angela Walsh and Louise Galvin of Kerry. Picture: INPHO/Ryan Byrne

“As long as players are doing that then it's considered acceptable. So I think the players have to take a stand and other players will have to support their stance because it's just not good enough and I am completely intolerant of it.

“You would never want it to come to a strike of any sort, but if the players decided to make that stance then they will need to be supported in that stance.

“It's a desperate situation and I don't know why the two associations aren't making more of an effort to improve the situation.”

On a brighter note, she wanted to wish her former team-mate the best of luck as she heads to Australia to play Aussie rules football.

Bríd Stack will be joining Cora Staunton at the Greater Western Sydney Giants and Juliet said she was delighted for her.

“I just think it's fantastic and I think why not. I'm sure she won't mind me saying this but I don't think she was ready for her career to end and I think Bríd felt she had more to give and she will have the opportunity to do so now without any pressure on her really.

Picturet: Ramsey Cardy/SPORTSFILE
Picturet: Ramsey Cardy/SPORTSFILE

“It will take her some time to grasp the game, but I think it's a great opportunity for her to go and give it a lash really. She is the first from Cork and I am sure that if her experience is a positive one it may pave the way for others to follow over.

“In some ways, it's different for Bríd as she had stopped playing with Cork and won't have team-mates saying she has abandoned ship that you might find with others, but it's a great opportunity and it may see others follow in time.”

Looking at the current Cork squad, Juliet said that: “There has been a level of progression with the team under current manager, Ephie Fitzgerald. I suppose at times I think the team is lacking something and I am not sure that that is.

“Maybe it has just been a little bit of luck and maybe Dublin would have felt the same against Cork for years, you know that little bit of luck to get then over the line.

“I think that Cork have been a little bit unfortunate in the last few years and they also have had a lot of injuries but I think with the players they have they will be there or thereabouts again this year."

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