Our latest from Niamh
The Sunday game after the (first!) All-Ireland hurling final, Des Cahill turned to the camera with a solemn look and explained that the All-Ireland Ladies football final would now be put back a week to due to the hurling replay. And for all those tweeting and texting into the show to complain that they had trains, flights and hotels booked, his consolation was that the Ladies Gaelic Football organisation had agreed to it from the start of the year. The show moved swiftly on.
At first I didn’t know who to be angrier with the GAA or the LGFA (Ladies gaelic football association). Why would the LGFA agree to this in the first place? Why couldn’t the GAA have just organised the replay for another date, or even a Saturday?
Croke Park viewed as a men’s arena
The whole debacle just blatantly demonstrated what the GAA really think of the women’s associations. They are only paying lip service to both camogie and ladies football. It is clear now that they view Croke Park as the men’s arena and the women can play there as long as they don’t get in the way of the “real” sport. Des Cahill’s explanation annoyed me because he said the LGFA agreed to the timetabling and that somehow seemed to make it all ok. I am only guessing here, but I’m pretty sure they were handed a date and told to like it or lump it.
It amazes me how badly the old boys in HQ still treat women’s sport. In Cork numerous men’s club hurling and football championship matches clashed with the camogie All-Ireland Final. Families and friends of the players were forced to choose which match they were going to watch. There was a crowd of 15,000 at the All-Ireland Camogie Final, but everyone who watched the match would agree that all the players deserved a lot more attention for the entertainment value of the game.
Cork going for seventh All-Ireland Title
But we can only hope now that the timetabling will be looked at in the future and that the ladies will get the respect and recognition they deserve. This Sunday, Cork are vying for their seventh All-Ireland title in eight years. And it’s hard to see how the youthful Kerry side will stop the likes of Valerie Mulcahy and co. Interestingly enough neither side have ever lost an All-Ireland final, though Kerry have not won one since 1993, but this statistic is set to change on the 7th of October.
My prediction for Sunday……a rebel win…….and also a few condescending comments from male commentators about how impressed they were with the standard of football and physicality of the game!!
Note: For those of you wanting to attend, tickets available on the ladiess gaa website here