THE Ladies Gaelic Football Association, in light of the Covid-19 outbreak, has decided to cancel the remainder of the Lidl National Football Leagues saying “the prime concern is the health and wellbeing of our members”.
As well as the leagues, the Lidl Post Primary Schools competitions have also been cancelled for 2020, along with the interprovincial competition, the All-Ireland U14 Championship, Féile na nÓg, and Féile Skills.
According to the statement: “The 2020 TG4 All-Ireland Championships will be reviewed on an ongoing basis, in line with Government regulations, while there is a possibility of provincial action in the U16 and minor championships, when LGFA activities resume.
“A number of development programmes are also postponed until LGFA activity resumes,” concluded the statement.
Cork senior ladies football manager, Ephie Fitzgerald, reacted to the announcement by saying:
“Naturally we are disappointed that the leagues were unable to be concluded, but there are far bigger issues at stake here.
“The health of everybody, not just the players, is far more important and we appreciate that the LGFA have made a call on this as soon as they could.
“Like all other counties, we will have to wait and see on the All-Ireland series and we would be very hopeful that those games will be played. It may mean a slightly later timeframe, we won’t know that for a while, but hopefully it will be played.
“It’s a difficult time for lots of people, between health and employment issues, and as I said, they are far more important than the league games.
“For now we will continue to follow the guidelines and all are looking forward to getting back on the playing pitches at some point.”
Cork captain Doireann O’Sullivan echoed her manager’s sentiments.
“It’s very disappointing that a decision like that had to be made, but the health of everybody is far more important.
“Players love nothing better than playing games, but for now their health and wellbeing is what has to be to the fore. I have no doubt it wasn’t a call the LGFA made lightly and it’s to their credit they have done so at this stage as at least we know where we stand going forward in the season.
“These are surreal days for everybody, where people’s health and livelihoods are much more important. I have no doubt we will get back on the playing pitches at some point and we will have to wait and see when that is.
“It’s difficult days for lots of people for both their mental and physical health and everybody is hoping that this ends sooner rather than later.
“For now I would appeal to all to stay safe, respect the social isolation guidelines and look out for each other.