Any idea what's going on with Wexford Camogie, senior team could only field 13 players for league game against Galway this weekend, beaten by 45 points. Last weekend gave a walkover to Cork in the league......it's not that long ago that we won the three in a row.
Apparently the intermediate camogie team played a practice match yesterday and had 25/26 players at it. Anyone able to confirm this?
One of the Fundamental problems is those in the top positions in the co.board over the last few years just haven't a clue about sport in general. They are probably grand at answering emails and have time to go to meetings but there really is a serious lack of knowledge in the co.board about the game itself. They aren't sports people.
They have not got an effective fundraising strategy, and alarmingly gate receipts for 2018 were down €10,000 on 2017. Is this incompetence, bad fixture scheduling or corruption? Or a mixture of more than one of those perhaps. Another issue is the constant conflict between the ladies football and camogie, with little or no joined up thinking or co-operation between both.
Finally, this may be a controversial opinion, and may not apply to all of those involved, but many of those involved in an administrative capacity and in the capacity of managers and selectors are cast offs from the GAA. If they are any good they usually get a role with the men either at county level or at club level. They are the type of people who want to be involved but lack the skills required. They don't get jobs within the GAA because there is more competition for positions within the GAA, so these cast offs end up getting involved with camogie, initially at club level and then at co.board level. I know of a couple of people involved in camogie co.board matters over the last 5 years who have positions of power within camogie in Wexford, who wouldn't be let within an assessment roar of an important position in their local GAA club.
So the solution is simple, but not easy to implement: A person with the skills, knowledge and ability needs to be installed as chairman, someone who has experience of running a sporting organization effectively in tough times. Diarmuid Devereaux would be the type of person needed even just to get the camogie co.board back on track before the situation becomes impossible to rectify. Along with Devereaux or someone similar, they need to appoint an experienced and capable management team from within the county, have trials and start from scratch in terms of senior and intermediate panels.
Is there even a county board currently? .. I know there is a new chariman in place but she was handed a fair poison chalice.
The Intermediate team have a good setup apparently and are training away - but most don't want to make the step-up as they then loose their status as Intermediate players. The senior team aren't even training at the moment