The Camogie Association announced today that it had offered a playoff game to Dublin and Clare rather the coin toss which had been scheduled to separate the two sides.
Dublin and Clare finished level on points following their group stage games and according to the rules set down a coin toss would be used to decide which of them would progress to the All-Ireland quarter-final.
After months of training for the Championship, both counties decided that this method was not good enough and this morning announced that they would not participate in the coin toss.
This led to an impasse, which resulted in the Camogie Association caving and offering the playoff.
Clare and Dublin are now left with just three days to prepare for the game which is scheduled for 2pm on Saturday at Semple Stadium.
The winners of that game will have even less time for their All-Ireland quarter-final against Wexford. That game has been pencilled in for Monday, August 3rd.
This scheduling has caused further criticism of the Camogie Assocation.
— Cathal Kenneally (@Kman316) July 29, 2015
@OfficialCamogie why two days? Mid week or on Saturday! Ye couldn't even get the play off and 1/4 game organised properly!!
— Brendan Phelan (@phelan_brendan) July 29, 2015
— Pauline Fallon (@paulinefc) July 29, 2015
@OfficialCamogie 2 day turn around its a bit of a joke really .. No player should have to play 2 high profile games in 3 days
— sarahrussell (@sallyfur) July 29, 2015
The Camogie Association really giving the GAA a run for their money this week. Give in to a play-off & then schedule QF two days later...!!
— Ed Leahy (@Ed_Leahy) July 29, 2015
Winners of Clare v Dublin play-off will face Wexford JUST TWO DAYS LATER http://t.co/tjFH9Ik7RB
— Céimin Burke (@CeiminUTV) July 29, 2015
Seeing as the All-Ireland semi-finals are scheduled to be played until August 15th, surely further preparation time for the quarter-final could be given to the winner of the Clare and Dublin playoff.