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'That Statistic Was Shocking' - 89% Can't Name A Camogie Player

'That Statistic Was Shocking' - 89% Can't Name A Camogie Player

Earlier this year, research conducted by Camogie Leagues sponsor Littlewoods Ireland found that 89 per cent of people could not name a camogie player.

The number being that high surprised Galway All-Star Sarah Healy.

"I think it's just about getting the games out there. Getting people watching the games. They'll hear the commentators calling out the names, and it will build from that then," says Healy, who will stand between the sticks for Galway on Sunday evening in the league final against Kilkenny at Croke Park.

89 per cent can't name a camogie player

"That statistic was shocking. It's something that you have to try to improve on.

"I didn't think it would be that high. I was shocked about it. Even streaming the matches in the League, they're all over the county Facebook pages. That will help to get it out there because people might tune in then."

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16 June 2021; Miriam Walsh of Kilkenny and Sarah Healy of Galway in attendance during the launch of the Littlewoods Ireland Camogie Leagues Finals and All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

There are minor improvements in coverage of the game happening. Kilkenny All-Ireland winner Miriam Walsh has noticed the difference that highlights of games being shown in the middle of Allianz League Sunday, rather than at the end, has had.

The survey also found that only 20 per cent of people have watched a camogie game in the last 12 months. That compares badly to 50 per cent with hurling. Sunday's league final being shown live on RTÉ at 7:30pm may help that statistic.

"Even the match at 7.30 on Sunday, I think loads of people will tune into that," says Walsh.

"It's a great time for supporters and spectators to get behind us. If it had to be earlier in the day, they might have been off doing something else."

Walsh also believes that something simple, like having names on jerseys or helmets, could help to make players more identifiable.

"It probably would help, names across the helmets or on the jerseys," she says.

"I know you have the names on the jerseys on the All-Ireland day but it probably would be nice to have them throughout the year. That's a brilliant idea, it's something maybe the Camogie [Association] could come up with."

The Littlewoods Ireland Division 1 Camogie League final is live on RTE this Sunday the 20th June at 7.30pm. The All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship begins Saturday 26th of June #StyleOfPlay.

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89 per cent can't name camogie player

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