The first round of the 2020 Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Camogie Championship got underway on Saturday, October 17th, with defending champions Galway winning their first game.
Looking to defend their title for the first time, Galway got the defense off to a perfect start with a 5-17 to 3-9 victory over Wexford, who delivered a solid second-half performance.
Newcomers to the senior stage Westmeath also marked their first senior debut in fine style with a scoreline of 1-12 to Limerick’s twelve points.
Just three years after setting up a junior camogie team, it’s fair to say the women in maroon could be ones to watch in this competition.
The Limerick side must now regroup to play Waterford next, who lost to Kilkenny 0-15 to 0-8. The top two from the group of four will advance to the knockout stages, meaning the Limerick-Waterford tie is a must-win for both teams.
Semi-finalists for the past two seasons, Tipperary, overcame the sending off of one of their key players to record a 0-20 to 1-8 triumph over Clare.
Cork was given a walkover from Offaly, who could not field a team due to a number of players self-isolating after a background manager tested positive for Covid-19.
Strict COVID-19 precautions must be taken in all aspects of the game. An online e-learning module, which provides more information about the symptoms and testing, must be completed by all players and management before returning to the field.
Similarly, a health questionnaire is filled out before each and training and match. A period of 48 hours must be kept between each training session and limited to three sessions a week.
Team huddles, team photographs where social distancing cannot be maintained, shaking hands with other players and personnel, and celebrations involving close physical contact must also be avoided.
Regular sanitizing and cleaning of all equipment will be enforced in all dressing rooms and equipment rooms.
Water breaks can also be called by the referee if necessary, provided fifteen minutes of the match has been played.
Liberty Insurance will be streaming key matches during the group stages on their Facebook page, along with respective county boards live-streaming the games on Youtube and other social media.
This coverage will ensure there will be a match available to supporters to view during each round of the senior championship, right up until RTE’s live coverage from the quarter-finals and up.
The All-Ireland Camogie final will take place in Croke Park on December 12th.
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