Coppinger's dual dilemma

August 12, 2017

UCC's Libby Coppinger in action for Cork against Cavan.
©INPHO/Lorraine O'Sullivan.

Cork dual star Libby Coppinger is faced with the prospect of playing two huge games next Saturday.

The talented Bantry woman is part of both the Cork ladies football and camogie teams that will play Galway in All-Ireland quarter-final and semi-finals at 12.30pm and 7pm respectively this day week. The camogie clash has been fixed for the Gaelic Grounds, while a venue has yet to be confirmed for the earlier football tie. Both games will be televised by TG4 and RTÉ respectively.

Speaking on Cork's RedFM, Cork ladies football manager Ephie Fitzgerald said Coppinger should never have been put in this situation.

"I think it is an absolute disgrace. Libby travels the bones of 100 miles a night at her own expense to get to training for camogie and football, only to be treated like this? I can't for the life of me see how an athlete can be asked to play one match at half twelve and another at seven.

"We contacted them (LGFA and Camogie Association) officially, and were told because of television commitments, the games couldn't change.

"Libby is one of the most committed players I've ever met, never complains just gets on with it, trains hard and never misses a session. It really is a disgrace. She's a very valued member of our squad as well as camogie. Players must come first and that doesn't seem to be the case now."

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