Ursula Jacob fears that the controversy over camogie matches could tarnish the sport’s reputation, but acknowledged the difficulties in reaching a resolution satisfactory to all parties concerned.
The Camogie Association initially avoided a split schedule in favor of a national league – club championship – inter-county championship model. However, the response from cross-country players has forced rethinking, with 82% of players in favor of a shoulder season.
The Camogie Association is now questioning its clubs and members to try to establish what an optimal meeting schedule should look like.
“I can see both sides, it’s just a shame the Camogie Association is making headlines again for the wrong reasons,” the former Wexford star said on the RTÉ GAA podcast.
“I guess one thing that is probably frustrating for people maybe is the lack of communication, and then also the double players obviously have a huge concern if the current plans go ahead. How can you decide if are you going to play in a Camogie or Inter-County Football club? “
While the proposed season structure could prove to be a minefield for double players, Jacobs also conceded that a split season presents its own issues with those who only play as a club face a long period of fallow. .
“As a club player I know it would be very difficult to be able to go almost a full year without playing a game,” said Jacob.
“So I think it’s not as straightforward as some people say, but I think at the center of it all we just have to look for the players both from a club perspective and at an inter-county level. to try to find the best solution because it’s just a bit of a mess right now, and it’s frustrating and annoying that camogie is making the headlines again for the wrong reasons. “
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