The unfortunate situation has arisen following Westmeath’s relegation to Intermediate Status and the failure of Meath to beat Tipperary in the Intermediate Championship final this year, so remaining at that level.
TG4 All Ireland Champions Dublin are the only senior side playing in the province so without any opposition there can be no competition.
Meath and Kildare have both proven strong at under age level over recent years and the hope is that one or both will come through. Westmeath have flown the flag in each of the last couple of years with the Championship consisting of a single game.
The impact is likely more just in the history books as Dublin will have a strong programme of matches from January in the Lidl Ladies National League, the fixtures for which were announced yesterday.
The Ladies Gaelic Football Association has also confirmed a revamp of the 2020 TG4 All-Ireland Senior Championship structure.
Next year’s series consist of two groups, with six teams in each, and the top two teams from each group will progress to the All-Ireland semi-finals, following a minimum of five games.
The expansion in the number of games between the top teams will lead to greater exposure of competitive games and will improve both the potential quality across all teams and the narrative that can build up to the Key games of the year.
2020 will be TG4’s 20th year as sponsor so we can expect a considerable level f support again.
In order to accommodate the expanded number of games, all the remaining Provincial Championships will be organised on a knock-out basis, with the winners seeded in the draw for the All-Ireland series.
The bottom team in each group will contest a relegation play-off, unless they are a provincial winner, and thereby exempt from relegation.
The groups for the All-Ireland series will be decided at the LGFA’s next Central Council meeting, and circulated thereafter.