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Bizarre Scheduling Sees Munster Finalists Lose Limerick County Final

Bizarre Scheduling Sees Munster Finalists Lose Limerick County Final
By Arthur James O'Dea

A highly unusual scheduling conflict within Limerick and Munster camogie has led to a scenario where the county champions and Limerick's Munster final representatives are two different clubs.

Firstly, the Limerick intermediate county final. A tie between Ballyagran and Crecora, last weekend's game finished in a draw - 1-7 apiece. Unable to be separated after extra time, the game finished 1-8 to 1-8 in the end.

Problematically, there was a Munster junior semi-final to be played within 24 hours and one of the clubs in said county final were due to participate.

Something of a dispiriting scheduling issue in and of itself, it was nevertheless decided that Crecora were the team to go on an face Waterford's Dungarvan in the provincial semi-final - more of this later.

Winning that tie handsomely a day after drawing with Ballyagran, Crecora's camogie players advanced to the Munster final.

However, there was still a case of the county final replay.

Facing up once more today, Ballyagran overcame Crecora on a scoreline of 1-10 to 2-6. Therein lies the conundrum; the Limerick intermediate champions Ballyagran and the Munster finalists Crecora.

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How did this come about? Well, in circumstances that were clearly outlined and left unopposed by the clubs involved, the scheduling of the Munster semi-final one day after the Limerick county final gave rise to a situation where a 'winner' had to be declared.

As the initial final ended in a draw, it was decided that instead of playing extra-time on top of the extra-time, the team nominated to play Dungarvan in the provincial semi-final would be the club who managed to grab the first score in extra-time.

With these rules in place, it was Crecora who got the important point.

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Speaking to the Irish Examiner shortly after it was decided that it would be Crecora going through, the chairman of the Limerick camogie board Sean Condon outlined the reasoning behind the decision.

The last thing we wanted was for the teams to finish level after extra-time, but we took a decision last week, with player welfare in mind, that it would be unfair to ask players to play two more five-minute periods given the winners had to be in Dungarvan the following day for a Munster semi-final.

Although Condon does admit that there was some disgruntlement about the ruling after it turned out that it would be required, it was nevertheless Crecora who advanced.

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In a situation that surely cannot have arisen too many times in the past, it may well be the case where one county may have two clubs in possession of the county and provincial titles.

See Also: Carnacon Put Up Astonishing Scoreline As They Retain Mayo County Title

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