The Laois Camogie have finished second in their group in the All Ireland Premier Junior Camogie Championship after giving Down a walk-over in a play-off game last weekend.
Laois had beaten Down in the group stage and in any other GAA code would have toppedthe group on the basis of head to head. However the Camogie Association still choses to use play-offs instead of head to head or score differnence.
Even then, the play-off game was not at a neutral venue rather Laois faced a lengthy an expensive trip to Down.
Laois Camogie explained their decision in a statement released ahead of the game.
“The Management of Laois Camogie team and Laois Camogie Board have decided to concede next Sunday’s Camogie play off to their opponents Down which was to be played at Pairch Elser Newry.
“Management decided in view of the amount of travel and expense involved that the game serves no purpose as both teams are assured of a place in the semi-final.
“Laois would argue that a playoff should be staged at a neutral venue but Croke Park indicated that as Down had earlier trravelled to Laois that they were entitled to home venue so Laois have conceded the game and will now play Dublin in the semi-final.”
Down will Roscommon in the other semi-final.