Cork County Board still hopes to finish the 13 remaining club competitions

Cork County Board still hopes to finish the 13 remaining club competitions

Action at Páirc Uí Chaoimh last month before the Cork GAA Championships were put on hold again. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

THE Cork County Board are committed to completing the club campaign, despite the decision this week by the Association nationally to suspend all matches.

Three county finals took place at Páirc Uí Chaoimh last weekend, Blackrock, Charleville and Blarney capturing the titles in the top three hurling grades.

Five other county deciders were slated for the coming days, while in total, including the junior A and junior B competitions, there are 13 more adult trophies due to be handed out. 

Glen Rovers’ Simon Kennefick and Jamie Ryan of Blackrock battling it out. Picture: INPHO/Ryan Byrne
Glen Rovers’ Simon Kennefick and Jamie Ryan of Blackrock battling it out. Picture: INPHO/Ryan Byrne

No decision has yet been made on the Cork U21 hurling and football grades. The board had initially hoped to play those at the end of 2020.

The inter-county campaign is due to start for Rebel teams from October 17, when the minor hurlers travel to Thurles to take on Clare in the provincial quarter-final and the senior footballers host Louth in Division 3 of the league. 

Should Ronan McCarthy's charges get a positive result there, promotion will be secured in advance of the last game away to Longford on October 25.

"Cork County Executive wishes to remind members that all club games in Cork are currently suspended in line with GAA guidelines. This directive applies to all ages and grades.

"We intend to complete our 2020 programme of games when circumstances allow and the CCC will reschedule outstanding fixtures as soon as possible, subject to prevailing government restrictions, GAA guidelines and inter-county championship fixtures.

"The remaining 13 of our 16 county finals at adult level had been scheduled over the next month and we thank clubs that have qualified for the latter stages for your continued patience at this difficult time for members.

"No decision has been made on the club U21 fixtures currently outstanding.

"Clubs are also reminded that training is permitted under the Level 3 guidelines: 

"All underage training must be on a non-contact basis in pods of up to 15.

"Adult teams can continue to train as normal.

"All clubs and players are reminded that Health Questionnaires and all other relevant control measures must continue to be followed for club training.

"In line with the suspension of games, the launch of Rebels’ Bounty scheduled for Sunday next has been postponed.

"Rebels’ Bounty will instead be launched in late 2019/early 2020 and a meeting of Cork County Committee, which will be devoted solely to this item, will be held when circumstances allow.

"This will allow us to comprehensively outline the benefits of the initiative for clubs and to seek formal approval. There will be an extensive communication drive with clubs in the interim.

"It is also planned to hold a general County Committee meeting in the near future on a virtual basis.

"Finally, we remind members to comply with all current restrictions and guidelines, and we thank you for your continued support."

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