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Farcical Situation Sees Ladies Club Pull Out Of Two County Finals One Hour Apart

Farcical Situation Sees Ladies Club Pull Out Of Two County Finals One Hour Apart
By Sinead Farrell

Just two weeks have passed since a minor hurling final in Westmeath produced a farcical outcome when both teams boycotted the game to protect a number of players expected to line out for the senior final on the same day.

A resolution was reached and the game was rescheduled for last Monday, leading us to believe that the fixture controversies were over.  But now it seems we have a replica of that episode happening in Cavan.

The Lacken Ladies Camogie and GAA club have announced that they intend to withdraw from the football and camogie club finals due to take place within one hour of each other on November 1.

The Division 1 Football League final is due to take place at 12.30pm while the senior Camogie League final is set for 1.30pm, timings which throw up some fairly obvious problems. The Lacken club is home to 11 dual players who are being thrown into this catastrophic fixture collision.

According to the Lacken Ladies Facebook account, communication issues with the Cavan Ladies Gaelic Football Board and Cavan Camogie Board have led to this situation.

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Both clubs have a strong tradition in county representation, providing players, coaches and mentors to both codes. The current situation leaves a bitter taste of disgust among both clubs. The proposed fixtures for Sunday show a lack of respect for the respective competitions and no support for dual players or in preventing player burnout.

Below is the official statement. 

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A statement from Lacken Ladies and Lacken Camogie Club regarding the League Finals Statement from Lacken...

Posted by Lacken Ladies GAA on Thursday, 29 October 2015

The Facebook post currently has over 1,500 likes, 315 shares, and a plethora of comments echoing Lacken's outrage.

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