The beginning of the evening match had already been delayed due to an earlier fixture on the same pitch running over time.
When the game began DIT looked to be a strong outfit and they held control in the opening few minutes.
After eight minutes, while the game was still scoreless, the floodlights went out on all the pitches at the grounds.
As it was initially thought to be a minor fault, the players from both sides stayed on the pitch and continued training so as to keep warm. However, as time went on, it transpired that it was a much bigger issue than first thought.
The players had to come off the pitch and the fixture was abandoned.
Groundskeepers at Parnells said that the generator that powered the floodlights had a fault and while the grounds men tried everything that they could, they were unable to fix it.
They said that they would not be able to get an engineer out until the following day, as it was too big a problem for them to fix on the night, but that it was just a ‘freak accident’.
DIT and Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) will now have to re-fix the match for a later date. However, DIT have now lost the home advantage and will have to travel to Waterford for the replay. This also causes issues with finance as DIT will now have to pay transport fees for it.
WIT are traditionally a very strong camogie side having won the Ashbourne Cup [third level camogie premier championship] every year between 2009 and 2013. DIT had high hopes of defeating them coming into last week’s fixture, but manager Stephen Hoary does admit that the re-fixing of the match will disrupt the side.
“To be honest, it is disappointing. We were really fired up for this game; We were going for 10 minutes there and the girls were absolutely flying and playing really well.”
“Waterford have won so many of the last few Ashbourne Cups over the years and they really are the benchmark of third level camogie. We beat them last year in the league semi-final and we had every intention of doing that again this year.
“We were really fired up and we had a nice lead-up to this game; really good training sessions and some great results with a particularly super result against DCU last week. But sure these things happen and we just have to build for the replay."
Courtesy of DIT's Independent college newspaper the Edition