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Tyrone LGFA hit out as club championship matches clash with All-Ireland final

Through email, Tyrone LGFA have urged clubs to object the scheduling, labeling it as a display of ‘disregard and disrespect’.

Tyrone and Tipperary go head-to-head in the intermediate decider on Sunday.
Tyrone and Tipperary go head-to-head in the intermediate decider on Sunday.
Image: Cathal Noonan

THE TYRONE LADIES Gaelic Football Association (LGFA) has hit out at the fact that club games have been scheduled and clash with the senior ladies side’s All-Ireland final on Sunday.

The Red Hand face Tipperary in the intermediate decider in Croke Park, after overcoming Meath in the semi-final.

Tyrone LGFA Chairperson Donna McCrory has sent an email to all clubs, branding the Tyrone CCC’s decision to fix several club championship games as a display of ‘disregard and disrespect’.

Clubs are being urged to object the scheduling and ‘appeal for common sense’.

“We write on behalf of the Tyrone Ladies Senior Team and Tyrone Ladies football with an appeal to all our clubs,” the email begins.

“It is with regret, that we note, the Tyrone CCC have opted to fix several Tyrone championship games on Sunday 24th September, the same day our senior ladies, representing our county, face Tipperary in an All-Ireland final at Croke Park.

Neamh Woods Tyrone captain Neamh Woods. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

“Clubs with several representatives on the squad are being asked to play their championship games, despite those same clubs taking supporters to the game at Croke Park.

“This is such disregard and disrespect to footballers from our county, our clubs, parishes and communities, as they play on the biggest stage in the All-Ireland Final.

“We point out to you that the Tyrone ladies confirmed squad lists to the Tyrone CCC so clubs would not be expected to have to choose who to support, we requested that the clubs represented in the squad would not be asked to play on Sunday. This was not adhered to.

“We ask our clubs in the county to contact the Tyrone CCC to object to these games going ahead and appeal for common sense.”

One of the clubs scheduled to play in the men’s senior football quarter-final is Errigal Ciaran, who have five players on the Tyrone ladies panel.

Throw-in times for the four fixtures are noted as 1pm, 4.30pm, 5pm and 6pm on the Tyrone GAA website, while the All-Ireland intermediate final takes place in the capital at 1.45pm.

On the contrary, Mayo county board postponed all club championship games that were fixed for this weekend after their ladies team booked their senior final date with Dublin.

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