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Seán O'Donoghue of Cork gets away from Jamie Barron of Waterford at Páirc Uí Chaoimh lats year. Picture: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Seán O'Donoghue of Cork gets away from Jamie Barron of Waterford at Páirc Uí Chaoimh lats year. Picture: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
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Munster Championship draw: Cork hurlers will face Waterford in the semi-final

THE Cork hurlers will take on Waterford in this year's Munster hurling semi-final on the October Bank Holiday weekend.

They're turning the clock back to 2017 for this year's championship, a standalone Munster series with a backdoor for teams beaten in the opening three games and a quarter-final slot for the runners-up.

For the past two seasons, a round-robin format guaranteed all counties four games. The new Munster draw is: Cork v Waterford; Tipperary v Clare or Limerick. Both the Rebels and the Déise will be satisfied with that outcome.

Shane Kingston hits the net for Cork against Tipp in the 2017 Munster quarter-final on the way to lifting the provincial title. Picture: Ray McManus/Sportsfile
Shane Kingston hits the net for Cork against Tipp in the 2017 Munster quarter-final on the way to lifting the provincial title. Picture: Ray McManus/Sportsfile

In Leinster, Kilkenny and Wexford were seeded and the draw is: Kilkenny v Dublin or Laois; Wexford v Galway.

The Cork County Board are expected to finalise club fixtures over the weekend. 

There is already tension between the board and the Cork senior hurling panel about running club games into October, which would give some players little time to prepare for inter-county. 

Officially county panels aren't allowed back until September 14, which has also caused concern nationally as hurlers and footballers could be well finished with their club championships at that juncture.

Ronan McCarthy's Cork footballers are already pitted against Kerry in the Munster semi-final at Páirc Uí Chaoimh on November 7. It'll be high-stakes, with no backdoor for football counties due to the number of teams involved.

Picture: Eddie O'Hare
Picture: Eddie O'Hare

As a warm-up, Cork will conclude the 2020 league by hosting Louth and heading up to take on Longford. A draw from either game is all that's needed to secure promotion to Division 2.

The Cork minor hurlers and footballers will have a championship this winter as well. The provincial draws will take place on Monday and the All-Ireland finals are pencilled in for December 6-7.

They'll be knockout all through, as will the U20 competitions. Pat Ryan's squad, which includes talented hurlers like Brian and Eoin Roche, Daire Connery and Seán Twomey, are already set to take on Kerry away in the quarter-final and then on the road to Limerick in the semi.

Key dates for Cork:

October 17-18: Cork football league game v Louth.

October 24-25: Cork football league game v Longford; Munster hurling quarter-final Clare v Limerick.

October 31-November 1: Munster hurling semi-finals, Cork v Waterford; Tipp v Clare or Limerick.

November 7-8: Munster football semi-final v Kerry; hurling qualifiers round 1.

November 14-15: Munster hurling final; hurling qualifiers round 2.

November 21: All-Ireland hurling quarter-finals.

November 22: Munster football final; All-Ireland U20 hurling final.

November 28-29: All-Ireland hurling semi-finals.

December 6: All-Ireland football semi-finals: Munster winners v Connacht winners. All-Ireland minor finals.

December 13: All-Ireland hurling final.

December 19: All-Ireland football final.