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'We Would Have Done Whatever It Took To Get Recognised'

20 July 2023; PwC GPA Player of the Month for June in camogie, Caitrin Dobbin of Antrim, with her award at her local club Loughgiel Shamrocks GAA today. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
By PJ Browne Updated
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Antrim camogie player Caitrin Dobbin was "pleasantly surprised" by how quickly the protest by female inter-county players bore fruit.

During the week, it was announced that following "constructive" meetings between the GPA and both the LGFA and Camogie Association, a framework has been agreed to deliver a standardised charter for female players next year.

"Something like that, you'd think it would take longer to get passed," said Dobbin, the PwC GPA Player of the Month for June in camogie.

"It's good to feel like you are equal with the men. We put as much work into it as everybody else. It was good after the three weeks of protesting that they have supported us.

"All of the ladies felt strongly about this situation. I do think we would have done whatever it took to get recognised."

8 July 2023; Caitrin Dobbin of Antrim in action against Teresa Ryan of Tipperary during the All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship quarter-final match between Tipperary and Antrim at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by John Sheridan/Sportsfile

This season, for the first time in 41 years, Antrim reached the quarter-finals of the senior championship. Though the last-eight match resulted in a humbling 3-23 to 0-6 defeat to Tipperary, Dobbin feels her side is making progress.


"The way we looked at it was that we've got one step further than we did last year," she said.

"The result wasn't what we were looking for. We were giving ourselves a chance. We know that when we play well and everything clicks, we are a good team.


"You could say that the big day got to us and Tipperary are a great team. We thought we were prepared for it. It was some of the girls' first time playing in Croke Park.

"With the hurling being on after, it was a bigger crowd than we're used to playing in front of. We need to look at that and bring through what we do in training to the bigger games."

This season was Antrim's second back up at senior level. Dobbin says the county's setup has "become more professional" since making the step up.


"We have a good management and coaching set up," she said.

"I do feel like we get what we need. We're got strength and conditioning, a sports psychologist... If we need anything, it's there. It would be better if Antrim camogie had more backing from the Camogie Association."

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