Monday 26 August 2019

Date for appeal set

Wexford object to outcome of camogie semi-final

Dean Goodison

Wexford are preparing to take their appeal into Saturday week's All-Ireland Senior camogie championship semi-final to the powers that be on Thursday evening.

The County Camogie board, spearheaded by Chairperson Angela Gahan, launched their appeal last week following the Senior side's injury-time loss to Galway in Nowlan Park.

The crux of their complaint is centred on the amount of added time Cork referee Cathal Egan played at the end of the game, as well as a wide decision made by him against Wexford attacker Kate Kelly's '45 in the first-half.

It's understood that both players and management were in agreement with the decision to go down the appeal route, and those sentiments were backed up by the County Board who lodged the appeal.

That motion for appeal had to be lodged no more than 72 hours after Niamh McGrath sent Galway into the All-Ireland final courtesy of a 67th-minute '45.

From that point, the Camogie Association had 48 hours to respond to the request, which they did by granting the application and giving the Slaneysiders the opportunity to state their case.

That appeal must be heard in front of the Transfer, Hearings and Disciplinary Committee within a week of it being granted.

In what seems to be the unlikely event of the decision going in Wexford's favour, that ruling of the committee would still have to be passed to Ard Chomhairle for ratification.

Ard Chomhairle is the national governing body of camogie consisting of 15 members including President Catherine Neary, C.E.O. Joan O'Flynn and former Wexford Chairperson, and current Leinster Chairperson, Rachel Hogan.

Wexford will be allowed two members of the County Board into the appeal hearing and it is understood that they believe that they have a solid case based on the evidence and precedent.

So far Galway have kept quiet on the matter which probably indicates their confidence that their place in the All-Ireland final won't be in jeopardy.

The most interesting thing that could come out of the meeting is an explanation from the match official about the amount of additional time played after just four minutes was signalled.

It is also understood that should their appeal fail, Wexford would be keen for the association to look at how game time is managed going forward, with the ladies' football hooter system a potential upgrade on timekeeping.

The All-Ireland final is pencilled in for Croke Park on Sunday, September 13.

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