Derry are the current Ulster minor champions (Pic: Mark Doherty)
The Derry camogie board have lodged a letter of appeal against the scrapping of the All-Ireland minor championships, it has been confirmed.
The Camogie Association have said the 'difficult decision' to cancel the All-Ireland minor championship comes due 'disruptions' to the fixture schedule to Covid-19.
"The 2020 Tesco All-Ireland Minor Championships which began in February have now been cancelled. Minor competitions will take place however on a provincial basis in 2020," read an extract from the Camogie Assocaition's recent Return to Play plans.
Derry are the current Ulster champions, after their 2-7 to 1-3 win over Antrim in February, but the Oakleafers will not get a chance to challenge for an All-Ireland title. Derry county camogie board are currently considering their options about an appeal.
Since the decision was released in recent days, an online petition - which has over 1,870 signatures - was launched, stating the decision as 'unfair'.
Minor Camogie players looking to play a County championship is hardly unreasonable. Hugely important grade and “the last year Minor” is something we’ve all been through. Don’t know the thinking behind cancelling but needs to be explained at least and then hopefully overturned.— Michael Duignan (@DuignanMichael) June 25, 2020
"In light of the challenges posed by Covid-19 the focus of the Association has been to firstly return our game to activity at Club level, at all ages, which will take place from now until mid-October as outlined in the ‘Safe Return to Gaelic Games’ roadmap." read a statement, issued to the County Derry Post.
"This will allow all members of the Association to have the opportunity to participate in the game this year once it is safe for them to do so.
"The focus at a national level has been to provide a programme of games to all members, across all levels of the Association as best as possible in 2020. This has required many competitions to be altered and unfortunately several competitions cannot to be completed in 2020.
"Given the limited timeframe in which to run competitions at all levels in the remainder of 2020 it is not possible to run this year’s All-Ireland Minor Championships outside of Provincial level particularly given the crossover of many minor teams with adult intercounty teams which would also be occurring during the intercounty window. The Minor Championships will still take place at a Provincial level to facilitate a programme of games to this age group.
"We appreciate that the cancellation of many competitions this year is of great disappointment to those involved however due to these unprecedented times many such difficult decisions have had to be made so as to maximise the opportunities for all members of the Association to participate in Camogie in the remainder of 2020."
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