Friday 24 November 2017

It's a long way to Tipp for the ladies

The #SeriousSupport tagline, adopted by the Ladies' Gaelic Football Association this year, took a serious dent as Wexford were forced to move their home clash with Tipperary to the Premier county because of the unavailability of a pitch.

The game was slated to take place in Gusserane but with recent wet weather causing havoc the grass was unable to be cut, meaning the pitch was deemed unplayable.

Almost 30 clubs were contacted in the two days prior to the Slaneysiders' third National League Division 3 tie, but none offered the use of their facilities by the time the decision had to be made to lose home field advantage to their opponents.

The fact that this was allowed to happen is a poor reflection on clubs and the prospects of women's sport within those communities. The uneasy question of 'how many would jump at the chance of holding a men's National League game' is relevant and the answer is fairly obvious.

As it was, Wexford went on to narrowly lose a committed and entertaining encounter on a barely playable pitch in welcoming Clogheen in south Tipperary. The surface had standing water causing splashes in one half, and bouncing the ball was impossible, but at least it was made available to the Tipperary Ladies' Football board.

Wexford still have home clashes with Waterford (March 6) and Leitrim (April 3) to play, and it's hoped that those games will not only stay in the county, but will be played at facilities that match the talents of this up and coming team.

Wexford People

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