Friday, October 23, 2020
Some big decisions regarding the outstanding Waterford club championship games for 2020 were made at last night’s Co. Board management committee meeting.
The big news is that the Under 20 Hurling and Football Championships for 2020 have been cancelled and will not be completed.
This is a further blow to these players, who also this week were informed that their Inter-county championship, which was due to begin for Waterford against Tipperary in Fraher Field on Monday next is off for the foreseeable future. On top of that, this year’s under 20 teams were the same players who also lost out when the minor championship was changed from under 18 to Under 17 meaning that many players will now be heading into adult ranks without having played minor or U-20 club championship.
The County Board also took the decision, “due to the Level 5 restrictions and the uncertainty that prevails,” to defer the Senior Football and Junior B County Finals to the weekend of February 20th/21st 2021 at the earliest.
Meanwhile, Waterford’s Junior All-Ireland camogie clash with Limerick, tomorrow, is off as counties will now only permitted one team (the seniors face Limerick on Sunday in Walsh Park).

The statement reads, “The Camogie Association have received direction from the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media in relation to the operation of the intercounty All-Ireland Championship competitions, due to the latest Public Health advice in relation to COVID-19. Upon direction received yesterday evening (Thursday, October 22nd) it is with regret that we must announce restructuring of the 2020 Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Intermediate and Premier Junior Championships.

“The directions states that each county can now field just one team in the All-Ireland competitions in each code across Gaelic Games. Therefore only the Senior intercounty team in each county can now be accommodated within our competition structures for this year’s All-Ireland Camogie Championships which will result in the removal of 10 ‘second’ teams from our Intermediate and Premier Junior Championships.

As a result the Intermediate and Premier Junior Championships will be redrawn upon confirmation of participation from the teams involved, and details of revised fixtures will be issued next week. Results from this weekend’s remaining fixtures will be carried forward into these competitions.

“We appreciate that this news will come as a great disappointment to all players, management teams and volunteers involved with the teams affected, who have trained and prepared for many weeks to compete in this year’s competitions. These steps have been taken however to ensure compliance with Government direction and that our games can continue during the current COVID-19 restrictions across the island of Ireland.

“The All-Ireland Senior Championship will proceed as originally planned.

“Full details of the revised competition structures will be announced in due course.

“It is imperative that we all play our part in the coming weeks to play our games in a safe environment and we remind all involved in our games to remain vigilant in ensuring that the highest standards are maintained in relation to COVID-19 health and safety protocols at our games.”

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