Cork's dual players may face a semi-final clash

Cork's dual players may face a semi-final clash
Libby Coppinger of Cork in action against Aisling O'Connell of Kerry. Picture: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

THE camogie and ladies football All-Ireland semi-finals will take place on the same day, potentially placing dual players in yet another dilemma.

The Camogie Association and LGFA say that due to television broadcast commitments (with RTÉ and TG4 respectively) neither can move their semi-final fixtures from Saturday, August 18.

In a joint statement, they said: “Both the Camogie Association and LGFA have been in contact with the respective County Boards and management teams in the past number of weeks to highlight these potential clashes so as to minimise the impact upon them.”

Cork are the most likely county to be affected having contested every camogie semi-final since 1980 and all but one ladies football semi-final since 2004.

The camogie team are likely to top their group for a semi-final place having won all three of their games so far, while the ladies football championship kicks off their All-Ireland series this weekend with Cork similarly expected to advance.

Dual stars Libby Coppinger and Hannah Looney avoided a fixture clash earlier this year when a camogie championship game was moved to the day after the Munster ladies football final.

Kilkenny's Miriam Walshe and Meighan Farrell with Hannah Looney of Cork. Picture: INPHO/Ryan Byrne
Kilkenny's Miriam Walshe and Meighan Farrell with Hannah Looney of Cork. Picture: INPHO/Ryan Byrne

In March, controversy broke out over Coppinger, Looney and Meabh Cahalane’s involvement with both the Cork camogie team and UCC ladies footballers. There were angry words between both management teams, as Coppinger lined out for the college and Looney and Cahalane played for Cork.

Last year, the ladies footballers released Coppinger for a camogie game on the grounds of player welfare as she faced a trip from Mullingar for an All-Ireland ladies football quarter-final (throw-in 12.30pm) to Limerick for an All-Ireland camogie semi-final (throw-in 7pm).

Previously, legendary Cork dual stars Rena Buckley and Briege Corkery were among those frequently faced by such clashes.

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