Cork GAA: Munster minor football put back at least a month due to pandemic

Cork GAA: Munster minor football put back at least a month due to pandemic
Disappointment for Cork minor manager Bobbie Dwyer and players after the defeat to Kerry in the Munster final 2019 at Páirc Uí Chaoimh. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

THE Munster Minor Football Championship has been pushed back until April 22, at the earliest.

Cork lifted the All-Ireland U17 title last season, though Kerry had been crowned provincial winners, but the Old Firm and the rest of Munster will have to wait and see if the competition can commence next month.

While the minor hurling series is tied in with the round-robin senior matches, the football is played earlier, before the Munster final dovetails with the senior decider.

The Rebels were heavily beaten by Kerry early last season, regrouped to rattle their rivals in the Munster final before going on to grab the All-Ireland, with the Kingdom knocked out by Galway in the semi-final. Kerry had won five minors All-Irelands in succession before that.

All the other Munster campaigns are up in the air, especially as teams are unable to train in the current situation. Kieran Kingston's senior hurlers were due to host Limerick in the first match of their championship in May.

Kerry did land a trophy two weeks ago in defeating Cork in the U20 final at Austin Stack Park. The All-Ireland semi-final had been fixed for St Patrick's Day.

A statement explained: "The Electric Ireland Munster Minor Football Championship is scheduled to commence on Wednesday, April 8.

"With all GAA activity suspended at present until March 29, the Munster CCC (in consultation with all Munster Counties) have agreed that when the current restrictions are lifted, counties will be given ample time to prepare their teams.

"Based on the information to hand at this moment, the earliest start date for the Electric Ireland Munster Minor Football Championship will be Wednesday, April 22 with proposed fixtures re-fixed. 

" If the ban on collective training and games is extended beyond March 29, then Munster GAA take the appropriate action, based on the information to hand at that stage.

"No decisions on the format/scheduling of the other 2020 Munster Championship fixtures (senior hurling and football, U20 hurling and minor hurling grades) can be made at this time until the current restrictions are lifted.

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