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[ # ] Comparing Camogie and Hurling Strongholds
October 26th, 2007

Seeing as Camogie is hurling in the female form and it doesn’t get much coverage it’s time I started including a few stories here. The All Stars is a good place to start. Their and will be given out on November 10th.

The list is predictably dominated by the champions Wexford and beaten finalists Cork but as I was looking down through the list of counties represented it prompted me to compare the hurling strongholds with the camogies ones and see if there’s much difference in where the use of the hurl is best practised around the country.

Camogie has reworked it’s structures recently and is operating at slightly different levels to hurling but the senior championship was contested by 6 teams - Cork, Dublin, Galway, Kilkenny, Tipperary and Wexford. Limerick won the senior B title which is mostly made up of B teams from the counties mentioned. Those counties would be in line with the strong ones in hurling, aside from Dublin maybe but then again they appear to be on the way up in the hurling ranks.

Derry won the junior title beating Clare in the final and the beaten semi finalists were Antrim and Waterford. Presumably Derry now move up to senior. Anyway again those would all be recognised hurling counties, less so Derry perhaps but they’ve been there competing well in Ulster for a good few years now.

Laois beat Meath in the junior B version and again that might be broadly reflective of their level in hurling aswell where both would be at the top of the second tier.

There are possibly only 1 or 2 counties I haven’t mentioned there, Offaly and Down and both of those contested the junior rank where Derry won.

So realistically looking at it hurling and camogie seems to go almost hand in hand around the country. If a county is strong in one it’s likely got a good team in the other or vice versa and there’s no real case where a very weak county in one group is very strong in another. So if you draw a line in the country from Galway across to Dublin you can be sure that almost anywhere you go south of that line you’ll find good hurlers and camogie players (camogiers??) but if you go north of the line you’ll have to head all the way up to Down, Derry or Antrim to find any.

Is there something wong with that section in between that they don’t produce natural players? or have no interest? or try their best but are ignored by the powers that be in terms of coaching and help so they can’t make it? or football just rules the roost there?

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