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07th Apr 2024

Skorts live to fight another day as motion controversially defeated at camogie congress

Niall McIntyre

The controversial skort will remain a part of camogie after a number of motions relating to it were defeated at camogie congress on Saturday afternoon.

Camogie players had campaigned heavily for a change from skorts to shorts but were denied by the powers that be in the annual event that took place this year in Clane, Co. Kildare.

150 representatives from counties, provincial councils and delegates from international units were at the the Westgrove Hotel on Saturday, where separate motions relating to the skort-short-debate were defeated.

The first of those was brought forward by the Kerry and Tipperary camogie boards, and involved removing skorts and replacing them with shorts.

The Tipperary camogie board stated afterwards that they were ‘gutted for all the players’ when it was defeated by a margin of 64% to 36%.

“Very disappointed to report that our motion to replace “skorts” with “shorts” was defeated at Camogie Congress today.

“Gutted for all the players and clubs in Tipperary who voted overwhelmingly for this change,” said a statement from Tipp Camogie.

Dublin camogie player Aisling Maher, meanwhile, described it as a ‘really frustrating outcome,’ due to ‘obvious discomfort and impracticality.’

A separate motion from Meath and Great Britain was brought forward as more of a compromise, as they angled for shorts to be introduced to the list of approved playing gear, alongside skorts. This was again, however defeated, on a margin of 55% to 45%.

The rule as it stands is that players must wear a “skirt/skort/divided skirt,” with refusal to comply leading to a yellow card.

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