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TV coverage to cause potential All-Ireland semi-final clash for dual players

The Camogie Association and LGFA released a joint statement on the matter this evening.

Hannah Looney and Libby Coppinger could both face a fixture clash.
Hannah Looney and Libby Coppinger could both face a fixture clash.
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TV COVERAGE PLANS mean that there will be a clash this year between the All-Ireland camogie and ladies football semi-finals, potentially presenting dual players with a major fixture dilemma.

The Camogie Association and the LGFA have released a joint statement this evening to confirm both will be sticking with their plans to have semi-final clashes on Saturday 18 August.

RTÉ are set to screen the camogie last four ties with TG4 broadcasting the ladies football semi-final clashes. Both associations have stated thus it is ‘not possible’ for them to change their fixtures.

The announcement could potentially cause a headache for dual players if their counties reach the semi-finals of both championships.

Cork are the county that could be most affected with dual players Hannah Looney and Libby Coppinger key members of both Cork squads. Last year both Cork sides contested the semi-final stages of the camogie and ladies football championship, while they have been regular All-Ireland champions in both codes.

Last month the pair avoided a fixture clash when their Munster ladies football final against Kerry took place on Saturday 23 June and the All-Ireland camogie round-robin game was moved to Sunday 24 June.

The statement in full released this evening reads:

“The LGFA and the Camogie Association wish to confirm that their respective All-Ireland semi-finals will take place on Saturday 18 August.

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“Due to live television broadcast commitments – Camogie with RTÉ and Ladies Football with TG4 – it is not possible for either Association to move their respective fixtures and therefore there remains a possibility that dependent upon which counties reach these fixtures that a fixture clash for some dual players may occur.

“Whilst both Associations recognise and commend the dedication of all such dual players and work closely together to avoid such scenarios from arising, it is not always possible to do so in light of both Associations’ various commitments such as television coverage which aim to help to further promote and grow both sports respectively.

“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.”

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