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Amy O'Connor of Cork in action against Collette Dormer, centre, and Anne Dalton of Kilkenny. Picture: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Amy O'Connor of Cork in action against Collette Dormer, centre, and Anne Dalton of Kilkenny. Picture: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
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Cork GAA Board look to forge closer links with women's game

CORK’S GAA board is aiming to have stronger links with their female counterparts in the immediate future.

They expect greater integration and co-ordination with camogie and ladies football in terms of facilities, expertise and knowledge.

It’s all part of the board’s three-year strategic plan for 2018-2020 which was launched at Páirc Uí Chaoimh last night.

The plan is a seven-pronged approach under the headings of Games, Club, Governance and Structures, Finance and Commercial, Communications, Co-operation within the Gaelic Games Family and Culture.

It was 18 months in the making by a steering group headed up by Richard Murphy, the board’s development officer, and containing all the main officers.

They consulted with all the relevant stakeholders in the association and the plan’s objectives range from getting more players to play games at adult and under-age levels to streamlining Strength@Conditioning for all Cork teams.

All aspects of the plan have deadlines to meet like filling the S@C co-ordinator role in time for the 2019 season.

The plan re-affirms clubs as the bedrock of the association with special emphasis on the coaching and development of young players and the importance of succession of coaches within the club structure.

Concern was raised at the launch at the absence of under-age activity in some north side clubs.

The struggles of small rural clubs, many of whom have been affected by mass emigration, will also come in for special attention.

Divisions will be asked to introduce relevant competitions to cater for dwindling numbers.

Senior Administrator, Diarmuid O’Donovan, spoke of the impact next season’s Super 8s in hurling and football will make on the club schedule in 2018.

“We will have a large gap in July and early August and it won’t be possible to play any games, which means the holiday period has been handed to us whether we like it or not.

“Taking holidays in July this year didn’t really work out because later we got all sorts of petitions for games going off because of holidays.

“The next major review of the championships will be in 2019, when we decide how best to move on,” he said.