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Solution to camogie problem is Derry win

By John Campbell

Derry can do themselves and the entire Camogie Association a huge favour by getting the better of Clare in tomorrow's All-Ireland Championship round robin series tie at Cusack Park, Ennis (2.30pm).

A Clare victory on the other hand would see them go level on points with Dublin in Group 2, with the sides having played out a draw earlier in the season.

With the head-to-head and scores even, it will come down to the drawing of lots to see which of the two teams face Wexford in the quarter-finals in the event that Derry do not draw with or beat the Banner county.

And this could ignite a potentially explosive situation given that the Camogie Association has turned its back on the staging of a more conventional play-off or apply scoring difference criteria to determine which side progresses.

Dublin manager Shane O'Brien has already described the decision to toss a coin as "ludicrous" and a "backward step".

Derry, however, remain firmly focused on trying to win a game for which Clare are clear favourites.

Meanwhile, it is expected that Catherine McGourty, who found herself parachuted into the limelight this week, when she took issue with the medal she received for winning the ladies Poc Fada contest while the men's winner collected a trophy and a skiing holiday voucher, will be in action for Down against Cork in the All-Ireland Intermediate championship today.

Indeed, at the end of a week in which camogie has made more than its share of headlines directly or indirectly, Down can perhaps help to show the sport in a better light.

McGourty is one of several experienced players for Down hoping to provide the impetus that can see the team challenge a strong Cork side.

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