In the modern era, the Barrs and the Collig have built a rivalry through regular senior football championships clashes. Ballincollig beat their city neighbours in the first round in 2014 and '15, a period when they lifted the Andy Scannell Cup for the first time, while the Blues have had the upper hand lately, including 2017 when they were victorious en route to the county final.
There are similarities between the teams. Midfielders Séan Kiely and Barrs talisman Ian Maguire were sidekicks for Cork underage; Cian Dorgan and Steven Sherlock remain two of the best forwards in the club game who aren't involved at senior inter-county; both have a production line of players from competitive underage sections.
Clon and Carrigaline are also in this group.
West Cork is steeped in football, but the Haven and Ross have been the dominant forces in recent years.
Castlehaven were county champions in 2012 and '13 and reached two further county finals; Rangers made the breakthrough in the 2016 and are perennial semi-finalists.
No doubt that's why TG4 selected this as one of the live games on their schedule.
This will be a bruising encounter but the firepower on show will be considerable, from Brian Hurley and John Hayes to Mark Collins and John O'Rourke. A slight advantage for Ross is that they don't have players with dual commitments, whereas the Cahalane crew play hurling for the Barrs and the Collins with Douglas.
Jack Cahalane, a dual minor last summer, is now eligible to line out at senior for his clubs.
Ilen and Newcestown are in this group as well.
These hurling strongholds were county champions in the past decade and met in the U21 decider last season, Sars stealing the victory at the death.
The Magpies have Ben O'Connor at the helm, fresh from his impressive run with Charleville. They've been extremely strong at minor lately so expect a young, vibrant look to the team, tapping into the pace of Conor Lehane and Tommy O'Connell.
Sars were extremely competitive without getting too many breaks lately, as Imokilly hoovered up three consecutive counties, and have no shortage of tasty hurlers from young guns like Liam Healy, Daniel Hogan and Jack O'Connor, to veterans Daniel and William Kearney and the O'Sullivans.
Douglas will be strong contenders to emerge from Group A as well, with Ballhea expected to struggle.
The only game currently fixed at the revamped Páirc is a classic showdown between the Glen and the Barrs.
In a classic recent championship joust, in 2017, the Glen snatched a win late on through Paddy Cunningham's goal: 1-21 to 4-11.
The Blues made last year's semi-final, while the northsiders were beaten in the county final by Imokilly. With Patrick Horgan on board, the 2014-'15 champions will be favourites.
Look out for the Barrs' Ethan Twomey and Jack Cahalane and the Glen's Luke Horgan in this, all three were prominent Cork minors in 2019 and now available for their clubs.
Na Piarsaigh in the mix here too, while Carrigtwohill will need to pull off a few shocks to get through Group C.
The Cork championships commence on July 24, with five matches on the Friday night.
Among the attractive pairings on the opening weekend, which is dedicated to football are Éire Óg against Bantry, Naomh Abán meeting Muskerry rivals Cill na Martra and a Duhallow derby between Rockchapel and Dromtarriffe.
Hurling then takes centre stage on the August Bank Holiday weekend, when Midleton meet Sars and Fr O'Neill's collide with Kilworth on July 31.
How many fans are allowed in to matches has yet to be sorted. There is a limit of 500, including teams and officials, at each ground for games under current government restrictions.
RTÉ and TG4 could pick up games for their live broadcasts, with the latter opting for the Haven versus Rosscarbery already, while the County Board will stream some as well. Full details of any packages have yet to be revealed but the likelihood is there will be a charge of €5 per game.
In the new format, only the top-two clubs from each of the three groups will progress from the round robin stage.
At the premier level, the club with the best record moves into the semi-final. The other two groups winners and the three runners-up are pitched into the quarter-finals along with whoever emerges from the divisional/colleges section.
The Imokilly hurlers, Carbery footballers, UCC hurlers and footballers and Duhallow hurlers and footballers are the only teams entered thus far.
There are three weekends of action before a gap-week for clubs, when the divisions will play-off and another three rounds before the knockout ties.
The full fixture list is below:
|Fri, July 24th @7.30pm||PSFC||A1||St. Finbarr’s v Ballincollig in Páirc Uí Rinn|
|Fri, July 24th @7.30pm||PSFC||C1||Nemo Rangers v Valley Rovers in Cloughduv|
|Fri, July 24th @7.30pm||SAFC||C1||Clyda Rovers v Bandon in Ballyanly|
|Fri, July 24th @7.30pm||IAFC||D1||Glanmire v Kilshannig in Blarney|
|Fri, July 24th @7.30pm||IAFC||D1||Aghabullogue v Kildorrery in Mallow|
|Sat, July 25th @3pm||SAFC||B1||Eire Óg v Bantry Blues in Ballingeary|
|Sat, July 25th @3pm||SAFC||B1||Kiskeam v Mallow in Kanturk|
|Sat, July 25th @3.30pm||PSFC||A1||Clonakilty v Carrigaline in Bandon|
|Sat, July 25th @3.30pm||SAFC||A1||O’Donovan Rossa v St. Nick’s in Brinny|
|Sat, July 25th @5pm||PIFC||A1||Castletownbere v Aghada in Kilmurry|
|Sat, July 25th @5pm||PIFC||A1||Newmarket v Na Piarsaigh in Banteer|
|Sat, July 25th @5pm||IAFC||A1||Glenville v Ballinora in Grenagh|
|Sat, July 25th @7pm||PSFC||B1||Newcestown v Ilen Rovers in Dunmanway|
|Sat, July 25th @7pm||PSFC||C1||Douglas v Bishopstown Páirc Uí Rinn|
|Sat, July 25th @7pm||PIFC||C1||Macroom v Kanturk in Cullen|
|Sat, July 25th @7pm||IAFC||C1||Mayfield v Adrigole in Inchigeela|
|Sat, July 25th @7.30pm||SAFC||A1||St. Michael’s v Ballingeary in Ovens|
|Sun, July 26th @2pm||IAFC||A1||Millstreet v St. Finbarr’s in Carrigadrohid|
|Sun, July 26th @2pm||IAFC||B1||Ballydesmond v Kinsale in Glantane|
|Sun, July 26th @2pm||IAFC||B1||Rockchapel v Dromtarriffe in Kiskeam|
|Sun, July 26th @2pm||IAFC||C1||Mitchelstown v Glanworth in Mallow|
|Sun, July 26th @2.30pm||PSFC||B1||Carbery Rangers v Castlehaven in Clonakilty|
|Sun, July 26th @3pm||SAFC||C1||Dohenys v Fermoy in Coachford|
|Sun, July 26th @4pm||PIFC||B1||St. Vincent’s v Knocknagree in Donoughmore|
|Sun, July 26th @4pm||PIFC||B1||Naomh Aban v Cill Na Martra in Macroom|
|Sun, July 26th @4pm||PIFC||C1||Nemo Rangers v Gabriel Rangers in Kilmichael|
|Fri, July 31st @7.30pm||PSHC||A1||Midleton v Sarsfields in Páirc Uí Rinn|
|Fri, July 31st @7.30pm||SAHC||C1||Fr. O’Neill’s v Kilworth in Ballynoe|
|Sat, Aug 1st @3.30pm||LIHC||A1||Ballygarvan v Russell Rovers in Riverstown|
|Sat, Aug 1st @3.30pm||LIHC||C1||Grenagh v Dripsey in Donoughmore|
|Sat, Aug 1st @3.30pm||LIHC||C1||Tracton v St. Catherine’s in Carrigtwohill|
|Sat, Aug 1st @5pm||PSHC||A1||Douglas v Ballyhea in Mallow|
|Sat, Aug 1st @5pm||PSHC||B1||Blackrock v Erins Own in Páirc Uí Rinn|
|Sat, Aug 1st @5pm||SAHC||B1||Bandon v Charleville in Mourneabbey|
|Sat, Aug 1st @5pm||SAHC||C1||Ballymartle v Bride Rovers in Ballincollig|
|Sat, Aug 1st @5pm||PIHC||A1||Courcey Rovers v Carrigaline in Kinsale|
|Sat, Aug 1st @5pm||PIHC||C1||Inniscarra v Blarney in Coachford|
|Sat, Aug 1st @5pm||IAHC||A1||Dungourney v Argideen Rangers in Ballinora|
|Sat, Aug 1st @7.30pm||PSHC||C1||Glen Rovers v St. Finbarr’s in Páirc Uí Chaoimh|
|Sun, Aug 2nd @2pm||SAHC||A1||Kanturk v Cloyne in Killavullen|
|Sun, Aug 2nd @2pm||SAHC||A1||Newcestown v Killeagh in Páirc Uí Rinn|
|Sun, Aug 2nd @2pm||SAHC||B1||Mallow v Fermoy in Castletownroche|
|Sun, Aug 2nd @2pm||PIHC||B1||Valley Rovers v Ballinhassig in Riverstick|
|Sun, Aug 2nd @2pm||PIHC||B1||Watergrasshill v Ballincollig in Blarney|
|Sun, Aug 2nd @2pm||IAHC||A1||Kildorrery v Mayfield in Castlelyons|
|Sun, Aug 2nd @2pm||LIHC||A1||Kilbrittain v Barryroe in Timoleague|
|Sun, Aug 2nd @2pm||LIHC||B1||Castlemartyr v St. Finbarr’s in Riverstown|
|Sun, Aug 2nd @3pm||PSHC||B1||Bishopstown v Newtownshandrum in Glantane|
|Sun, Aug 2nd @3pm||PSHC||C1||Na Piarsaigh v Carrigtwohill in Caherlag|
|Sun, Aug 2nd @4pm||IAHC||B1||Meelin v Douglas in Donoughmore|
|Sun, Aug 2nd @4pm||IAHC||C1||Glen Rovers v Midleton in Cobh|
|Sun, Aug 2nd @7pm||PIHC||A1||Aghada v Youghal in Killeagh|
|Sun, Aug 2nd @7pm||PIHC||C1||Castlelyons v Blackrock in Lisgoold|
|Sun, Aug 2nd @7pm||IAHC||B1||Eire Óg v Sarsfields in Ballygarvan|
|Sun, Aug 2nd @7pm||IAHC||C1||Cloughduv v Aghabullogue in Ballincollig|
|Sun, Aug 2nd @7pm||LIHC||B1||Ballymartle v Milford in Carrignavar|