"We're well able to strike the ball" Dublin's Laura Twomey on outdated Camogie rules
"It takes away from the skill of the game"
On this week's episode of PlayXPlay we're joined by Dublin Camogie player Laura Twomey and Leinster Rugby's Megan Williams. With our host Jenny Murphy we're taking a look back at the weekend's action, discussing the importance of bench players and dissecting whether Camogie players deserve to shoulder their opponents (we think they should).
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The rule differences between camogie and hurling have been well documented. From physicality to the handpass goal rule, these differences affect a number of aspects of the game which camogie players are well versed in. Now, with increased coverage, camógs are speaking out about the difficulties they face as players due to these outdated rules. Refereeing inconsistencies and the free-flowing nature of the game are some of the obstacles they're facing which Laura explained to us:
"One of the rules states that it's an offence to physically move toward an opponent’s body so you know that obviously just lends itself to so many different interpretations of that rule and contributes to the inconsistencies in refereeing"
The handpass goal in particular strikes a chord with most of the women playing at senior level:
"I think it takes away from the skill of the game and girls are well able to strike it we've seen it in the semi-finals there's some really good goals on show. The other element is that we can also drop the hurley to handpass the ball so in hurling you have to use one hand and keep the hurl in your hand at all times"
Another issue that Laura highlights on PlayXPlay is the 'skort' rule. In camogie, women are obliged to wear skorts (a form of short/skirt combo) whereas hurlers can wear shorts!
It's definitely one battle at a time for camógs across the country, but what we learned from Laura this week is that the players know what's best for the game and although they'll wear the skorts for now... they can certainly take the hits, so let them shoulder!
You can listen to the full episode of PlayXPlay here.