THE CORK intermediate camogie team has been excluded from this season's championships, as only 'first teams' are now permitted to take part.
Cork's intermediates were due to host Kerry in the Liberty Insurance Championship at Castle Road this Saturday, with Paudie Murray's senior squad in action against Wexford the following weekend.
Now the intermediate game is off after a statement from the Camogie Association explained the late change in the format.
The Cork intermediates were in a group of three, with Meath and Kerry, and had a young team with Inniscarra’s Mark McCarthy in charge.
The associated explained: "Upon direction received yesterday evening 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."