Tipperary celebrate following their victory over Galway in the League Div. 1 final at Croke Park last Sunday. [Inpho/Ryan Byrne]

Camogie Congress says 'no' to shorts again

There was much disappointment among Tipperary and British delegates that their motions to replace the traditional Camogie skorts with shorts were defeated at Camogie Congress held 10 days ago in County Kildare. Delegates voted against the Tipperary and British move to allow players to wear shorts rather than the traditional skorts. Tipp Camogie PRO and former county team captain Geraldine Kinane explained how there has been widespread support for the change, saying. ‘‘At an AGM, there can be a lot of debate and arguments, but it seemed that it was unanimous. All 39 clubs were in favor of this and there was great buzz that change was on the way. There has been a lot of positive developments in Camogie in recent years.

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Kinane added, "Integration with the GAA is on the horizon and I suppose we thought  on the 140th  anniversary of the association that now is the time to get rid of skorts, [and] replace them with shorts. They are much more comfortable for players. The research is there that this is what players wanted and we were just so surprised and disappointed that it was so well defeated.’’

This is the second time in recent years that motions to change from skorts to shorts have been defeated and the next time delegates can vote on the playing uniform will be at congress in 2027. Newly elected Camogie president Brian Molloy said:  “From the players’ point of view and for the counties’ perspective, who feel it should have been changed, I understand their disappointment. I would never get into a situation where I’m telling female players what they should wear. It wasn’t a decision made by the incoming our outgoing president, it was a decision made by the delegates on the floor.’’