LIMERICK camogie manager Joe Quaid has hit out at the fixing of the Limerick SHC semi-finals in direct opposition to the All-Ireland intermediate camogie final.
The former All-Star goalkeeper has guided Limerick to the September 15 Croke Park final in his first year in charge.
Limerick play Galway in the decider that will be live on television on Sunday week at 2.00 as the Shannonsiders grace Croke Park for the first time since 1980.
“It’s an absolute disgrace,” blasted Joe Quaid.
“It shows a complete lack of respect for the girls,” added the camogie manager, who is also the Limerick GAA Coaching Officer.
“Making it worse is that the camogie manager is actually a County Board Officer,” explained Quaid of the club hurling fixtures decision that was made at a CCC meeting this Tuesday night.
“I know that the County Board got an official invite from the Camogie Association to be guests at the final and there was a request not to schedule games on the day of the final,” outlined Quaid.
Two of the Limerick SHC semi-finalists have representation on the camogie panel - Caoimhe Costello of Adare and Katie Campbell and Wilson sisters Aoife and Jean of Na Piarsaigh.
Despite the fixture clash, Quaid is hoping for a strong Limerick support in Croke Park.
“It’s not everyday that a Limerick team is in Croke Park and we certainly don’t have too many trophies in the cabinet. I know a lot of clubs are organising buses and it’s great to see that support for the girls,” said Quaid.
Limerick continue their preparations with two challenge games this week, against All-Ireland junior finalists Laois and Kildare.
On Saturday Limerick will travel to Croke Park to get familiar with the surrounds.
“Everyone is fighting fit and ready for it. We looked a little short of match practise in the semi-final win over Meath and that’s why we are playing two games this week,” explained Quaid.
Limerick and Galway met in Mungret earlier in the league earlier in the year.
“It was a tough game and we won by two points in a game we had to win to reach the semi finals. They will be tough and will have a lot that lost the final last year to Meath,” explained Quaid.