Cork camogie players considering legal options in bid to avoid a year on the sidelines

Nine players have had their applications to be regraded to the intermediate squad denied

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Nine Cork camogie players who are facing a year on the sidelines as the result of an administrative error are said to be examining their legal options as they look to challenge the decision which has seen them left in limbo. 

The players have been deemed ineligible as a result of how they signed application forms to be regraded to the intermediate squad.

Having not played any part in Cork's 2015 Championship campaign, the nine players (Sarah Fahy, Niamh Ní Chaoimh, Amy Lee, Katelyn Hickey, Leah Weste, Sarah Buckley, Finola Neville, Lauren Callinan, and Rebecca Walsh) had requested to join the intermediate team so that they could get game time, but instead of signing the forms, they typed their names. 

As a result, they have been denied their request to be regraded and if they fail to make it on to the senior panel, could essentially spend a year out of the game, despite the fact that they did the same last year and their applications were accepted. 

However, according to a report in The Examiner, the players are now examining the legal routes open to them in order to appeal the decision by Croke Park. 

The report states that the negotiations between the Cork board and the Camogie Association continued over the weekend, and focused on rule 30.2, which makes no mention of the fact that the players needed to sign the forms with a pen. 

Speaking to the Evening Echo, manager Paudie Murray stated that there is no easy resolution as "the problem we have is that you can’t appeal an Ard Chomhairle decision. You have to go through the disciplinary disputes process. That’s a long drawn out process and it could cost the board a lot of money".

Via The Examiner