An article from the official Dublin GAA website states that the provincial and All-Ireland club championship competitions have been cancelled this year at senior, intermediate and junior grades.
BY SHANE STAPLETON
There will be no provincial or All-Ireland club championship competitions at senior, intermediate or junior grades for this season — according to the official Dublin GAA website.
The GAA has made no official comment on the matter up to this point, as counties continue to announce their championship structures after the outbreak of Covid-19.
The association is set to reveal the inter-county championship structure for 2020, and there had been hopes that the club championships would resume in the new year.
Given that the All-Ireland club finals had been played on St Patrick’s Day up until 2019, the GAA could well have opted to play off the provincial and All-Ireland series once the inter-county season concluded
According to Dublin GAA, this will not now be happening. It will deny Ballyhale Shamrocks the chance of lifting the Tommy Moore Cup for a record third year running, while Corofin’s hopes of a Andy Merrigan Cup four-in-a-row have been dashed.
“No Provincial or All Ireland Championships for senior, intermediate or Junior Club Championship winners will take place,” states the Dublin GAA website.
In the ladies game, it was announced that the All-Ireland club camogie championships will take place this season, concluding in 2021.
This will be seen as a bitter pill to swallow for men’s club teams — some of whom are already dissatisfied at how county boards are quickly running off their championships.
Meanwhile, the Dublin GAA board have agreed on a revised Adult and Juvenile games programme for 2020.
The 2020 group draws made last February for all Adult Football Championships and for SHC A will stand. Match schedules will be announced by the CCC.
The top two teams from each group will advance to the Quarter-Finals.
The SHC A semi-finals will take place on September 5/ 6, with the final on September 12/13.
The Adult Football semi-finals will take place on September 12/13, with the finals of the SFC1 and SFC2 on September 19/20.
In SHC B, IHC and JHC A to E, new draws are to be made later this week. There will be three groups of four teams in these championships. The top two teams in each group advance to Quarter-finals plus the two best third-placed teams.
There will be no promotion or relegation in any 2020 Championship. The lack of promotion is sure to upset a number of clubs who will wonder how to motivate their players with less at stake.