Problems for Limerick camogie

LIMERICK’s flagship camogie team finds itself at a crossroads.

LIMERICK’s flagship camogie team finds itself at a crossroads.

Two crucial meetings are to take place this weekend to determine the immediate future of the county senior camogie team.

Limerick completed their league campaign last weekend and ahead of preparations for the championship, it is felt that changes are needed as the inter-county side has struggled for numbers in almost every game this season.

Upwards of a dozen players from last season have failed to commit for 2012 leaving manager Paul Finn and his management team struggling for number in the hours preceding games.

Limerick completed their league campaign last weekend with a win over Wexford, but in affect that was Wexford’s third string side.

In the previous rounds they lost to Derry, Galway, Waterford and Antrim.

Limerick commence their championship on June 23 against Waterford and also face opposition from Derry and Antrim in the intermediate championship as they bid to return among elite of inter-county camogie.

But before any thoughts turn to the championship, this weekend could prove to be key.

On Friday night, Munster camogie Development Officer Deirdre Murphy (Clare) and Limerick GAA Development Officer Joe Quaid are to facilitate a meeting involving management and the players.

It is understood that close to 40 players have been invited to this meeting - just 17 turned up for last Sunday’s league game!

Then on Monday night, again in the Woodlands House Hotel in Adare, an EGM of all the camogie clubs of Limerick will take place to tackle the situation regarding the county’s flagship team.

National camogie co-ordinator Mary O’Connor (Cork) is to attend this meeting.

Limerick camogie chairman, James Moynihan confirmed to LeaderSport that the two meetings would be crucial to the chances of making any progress in the championship.

Recent years have seen counties like Clare and Offaly pass Limerick in the national standings.

All-Ireland minor B victories in 2009 and 2011 as well as the U-16 success of last year had given hope for an upturn in fortunes but alas it appears that for many girls the club scene remains the number one priority at the cost of the inter-county team.