The Camogie Association’s Ardchomhairle’s decision to move tomorrow’s championship game between Antrim and Carlow to Inniskeen in county Monaghan has not been well received by the Gaels in Antrim.
The Saffron girls have been of the opinion for some months now that the game was going ahead in Whitehill, Randalstown and in the past week they had arranged to have the game live streamed to accommodate their supporters who are unable to attend because of the Covid restrictions.
All seemed fine until late on Thursday night when county secretary Claire Toal received an email informing her that the game and been switched to Inniskeen. Ironically Antrim Camogie Chairman Vinent Boyle had spoked to the Carlow chairperson that same evening and everything appeared to be fine, but within an hour everything changed and now the situation is totally different.
In a separate development, arising out of Thursday’s Archomhairle meeting it transpires that both the All-Ireland Intermediate and Junior championships will be redrawn at the start of the week with Dublin government’s Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media permitting each county to field just one team.
This means that the likes of Tipperary, Kilkenny, Galway, Wexford and Cork, who have senior teams are not permitted to field a second team at a lower level. However the games not involving those teams will go ahead as planned this weekend.
Coming on top of the Antrim footballers situation it is the last thing the county needed but the Camogs have to put it behind them and concentrate on winning the game. Iniskeen is a venue many of the team are familiar with. A good start is important in this round robin system and they have the players, and the management to make that start.