Camogie win is overshadowed by dispute over player availability with UCC's ladies footballers

Camogie win is overshadowed by dispute over player availability with UCC's ladies footballers
Cork manager Paudie Murray. Picture: INPHO/Oisin Keniry

CORK might have beaten Limerick in the league semi-final, but the real talking point was UCC’s O’Connor Cup semi-final on Saturday.

After the College lost, their manager Shane Ronayne expressed his anger and heavily criticised camogie boss Paudie Murray for refusing to release three players.

Murray explained he had flagged up the fixtures clash two months ago with officials.

“Look, the keyboard warriors never worry me. It doesn’t worry me whatsoever what they call me and whatever.

“I think, just to address it on the second of January, we brought it to the attention of the girls playing O’Connor Cup that there was a clash. We told them to go about it.

“We told them that if we were in a semi-final what we would be expecting. We made numerous attempts. I was at a WGPA meeting.

“I did bring it up to people in both football and camogie organisations.”

Cork’s second team had to travel to play Wexford away on Sunday afternoon, which limited the back-up players Murray could have called on to fill in. Meabh Cahalane and Hannah Looney didn't pull on the UCC jersey on Saturday, while Libby Coppinger did and therefore didn't feature for Cork againts Limerick.

“We went as far as last week to request the intermediate game (which Cork played yesterday as well) to be changed to Saturday to facilitate these girls in that it would mean we would have some of the intermediate players to work off today.

“That was declined fairly rapidly. This didn’t rear its head this week. I think people were well aware of what was happening.

“I think UCC did very little (to help). They were looking at taking them for a day, but you know you ask the question that if they won Saturday where would they be today?

“We would have 15 players today, that’s the first thing.

“And there is no way that UCC would have left those girls go on a bus yesterday evening.

“I’ve a brother that has been involved with UCC Sigerson football for the last 10 years. They have come up against inter-county the whole time.

“They respect it. They treat things with a bit of class.

“So, I just can’t understand what it’s all about.

“We have done, and I repeat, we have done everything possible.

“I would question what UCC have done. I had parents ringing me yesterday morning.

“I think it’s very, very disappointing. UCC has a long history of sport and they promote the game.

“I don’t know does UCC stand for that.”

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