Tuesday 25 October 2016

Arguing the toss now is the talk of the nation

DUBLIN or Clare folk won't be rushing anytime soon to throw coins in the Trevi Fountain.

The proposed spin of the coin to decide the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Championship quarter-final meeting with Wexford has become the talk of the country. That game was scheduled for next Saturday.

The coin toss has become a big story of the sporting summer. The matter was due to be decided last Sunday as Clare beat Derry at Cusack Park in Ennis.

But the toss of the coin didn't happen as both Dublin and Clare lodged appeals.

It is now on the desk of the Hearings and Disciplinary committee.


Clare's result brought them level with Dublin in Group 2. Kilkenny topped the table on eight points to progress to the semi-final. Tipperary, in second place on six points, advance to the quarter-final.

Dublin and Clare are on joint third on three points, having had a win and a draw. Their meeting in Newmarket-on-Fergus finished on 1-8 apiece.

On the official camogie website, scoring difference features on the Group 2 table. Dublin have a seven points better scoring difference than Clare.

Most assumed that if teams were level on points, it would come down to that.

"In all the major sporting competitions, scoring difference comes into play. You have the likes of the Premiership and the Six-Nations Rugby Championship," states Dublin manager, Shane O'Brien.

And the Dublin Camogie Board agree: "All we want is to be given the chance to decide the outcome on the field, and not by the toss of a coin," read the statement.

"What is being proposed is a lottery."

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