City division hurling and football will be run without a backdoor this season

City division hurling and football will be run without a backdoor this season
Jason O'Riordan of Whitechurch watched by teammate Dylan Burke, comes away with the sliotar despite the attentions of Passage players Jason Carroll and Thomas Lester at Ballinlough last summer. Picture: Joe Madden

THE Seandún Division has made some major changes to this year's junior hurling and football championships in the city. 

The biggest development is that they will have to operate a straight knockout format after redrawing the championships, with penalties if matches can't be settled over extra-time and a limit of just 22 players on each panel to minimise the numbers on the sidelines at Ballinlough, the home of Seandún GAA.

They plan to draw their championships next Monday evening, July 13 and will inform the clubs of the draws afterwards.

Social distancing guidelines mean that, unlike other years, club representatives can’t be present at the draws.

"1: There will be straight knockout championships this year in all junior hurling and football championship games.

"2: There will be a redrawing of all championship fixtures with an independent supervisor. This will take place shortly in Ballinlough and you will be notified immediately afterwards.

"3: No dressing rooms will be available to any club due to social distancing.

"4: Players are advised to come togged out to Ballinlough, toilet facilities will be available, strictly no showers will be allowed.

St Michael's celebrate winning the Sports Turf Solutions City Division JAFC final at Ballinlough last year. Picture: Joe Madden
St Michael's celebrate winning the Sports Turf Solutions City Division JAFC final at Ballinlough last year. Picture: Joe Madden

"5: First aid room will not be available under any circumstances for rubdowns before or after games. First aid room will only be used for emergencies and it will be used as the Covid isolation room.

"6: Water facilities will not be available in Ballinlough under any circumstances, each club will have to bring their own water.

"7: Our Covid officer, Sarah Clifford, will be on hand at games to make sure things from a Covid point of view will run smoothly.

"We ask all clubs to show her respect in carrying out this volunteer role.

"8: Clubs will be responsible for sanitising their own equipment before, during, and after games.

"9: Twenty-two players only will be allowed from each team onto the pitch. Also three mentors, one water carrier, one equipment carrier, one medical officer. Chairman and secretary will be permitted.

"We must ask your team management to adhere to this as the referee will be instructed not to start the game until the pitch is cleared.

"10: The game must finish on the day. If it’s a draw at full-time, 10 minutes a half extra will be played.

"Following this, if it’s still a draw it will go to penalties, where the best of five to win. Finally, if the teams are still tied, it will go to sudden death. Only goals will only count in a penalty decision game.

"Matches will commence once we know the county fixtures."

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