Sec­ond camo­gie team is with­drawn

County Board crit­i­cised by play­ers

Wexford People - - SPORT - DEAN GOOD­I­SON

WEX­FORD HAVE with­drawn from the Lib­erty In­surance All-Ire­land In­ter­me­di­ate camo­gie cham­pi­onship as the fall-out from the County Board’s han­dling of the man­age­rial sit­u­a­tion con­tin­ues.

When Wex­ford camo­gie be­lat­edly an­nounced Martin Carey as man­ager of the Se­nior side in Jan­uary, they also con­firmed that he would take over the sec­ond string.

How­ever, clashes in the league meant this proved more dif­fi­cult in prac­tice, and the In­ter­me­di­ate side had to make do with an as­sort­ment of peo­ple look­ing af­ter them.

This news­pa­per un­der­stands that Ray Quigley was even­tu­ally rat­i­fied as man­ager for the cham­pi­onship but the dam­age was done by that stage, with sev­eral play­ers from the league hav­ing al­ready with­drawn from the squad.

Con­tacted for a re­sponse, the Wex­ford County Board stated: ‘Af­ter hav­ing In­ter­me­di­ate Man­age­ment rat­i­fied at County Board for Cham­pi­onship, the num­bers at train­ing was dis­cussed and an email was also sent to clubs look­ing for play­ers to at­tend train­ing in Ferns COE.

‘Un­for­tu­nately no new play­ers at­tended. With such low num­bers on the panel re­gret­tably a de­ci­sion was taken to with­draw the In­ter­me­di­ate team from the Cham­pi­onship. Wex­ford Camo­gie County Board are hope­ful that we will be able to field in both se­nior and In­ter­me­di­ate in 2019.’

In cor­re­spon­dence with a source within the now de­funct In­ter­me­di­ate squad that wished to re­main anony­mous, an ap­par­ent time­line of a flawed sys­tem of gover­nance emerged.

The play­ers trained to­gether at the start of the sea­son as one squad, the num­bers were quite low, and it was ex­pressed that all would get a chance to prove them­selves.

Once the league started, no mem­ber of the Se­nior man­age­ment team was a vis­i­ble pres­ence at any In­ter­me­di­ate game.

Even had they not been ap­pointed as man­age­ment for the team, or not quickly opted out of it, this is clearly not good prac­tice when the sec­ond string has long been a step­ping stone to the Se­nior panel.

Un­aware of the sham­bles that was about to un­fold in the com­ing weeks, Wex­ford trav­elled to Antrim with no man­age­ment but three County Board mem­bers. They con­ducted the pre-match warm-up them­selves as play­ers and lost.

Pat Red­mond came on board for the sec­ond game and he man­aged the team.

With a struc­tured ap­proach on the field, Wex­ford pulled off the sur­prise of the league by beat­ing Down, and there seemed to be some light at the end of the tun­nel.

When Wex­ford turned up to W.I.T. to face Cork, they were in­formed that Pat Red­mond wasn’t avail­able and they would be ‘man­aged’ by the County Board again.

Af­ter an­other heavy de­feat the panel called an emer­gency meet­ing with the County Board.

Af­ter the play­ers aired their griev­ances, the County Board, mi­nus the Chair­man who was not present, stated that Pat Red­mond would lead the team for the re­main­der of the league.

The girls went back to train­ing un­der the Se­nior man­age­ment, but there was an un­ease as the play­ers felt shut off as mere In­ter­me­di­ates.

Red­mond took charge against West­meath and Wex­ford lost to the league fi­nal­ists. How­ever, the team found out that day that their in­terim man­ager had not been asked to take charge of the Cork game and they had pre­vi­ously been mis­in­formed by the County Board.

This may have been the straw that broke the camel’s back. Wex­ford pulled out of their fi­nal game against Car­low as a state­ment, but a con­ve­nient one that spared fur­ther tor­ture.

Enough was enough and sev­eral girls left the panel be­fore the Le­in­ster cham­pi­onship kicked off.

It was felt at that stage that it would be im­pos­si­ble to at­tract new play­ers into a mess and that to start fresh with a new man­ager was a com­plete waste of time with other sides al­ready cham­pi­onship ready.

Our source felt that, had a proper man­age­ment team been in place be­fore the sea­son started, there would have been no prob­lem with get­ting play­ers to com­mit to the In­ter­me­di­ate team.

She ex­pressed a lack of ‘trust’ from play­ers in those in charge of Wex­ford camo­gie and spoke to us out of con­cern for the fu­ture of the game in the county.

This news­pa­per was in con­tact with sev­eral other play­ers from the squad. There was a re­luc­tance to talk in depth for sev­eral rea­sons, but the over-rid­ing feel­ing was that of com­plete dis­may with the ‘sham­bles’ they tried to rally against.

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