THERE was a belief at the start of the season that the Carbery U21 football championships would be finished by St Patrick’s Day.
However, the best-laid plans of man have been scuppered by a superior power and now there’s a doubt if they will ever reach a conclusion.
The position before the enforced virus break was that defending U21 A football champions O’Donovan Rossa of Skibbereen have bitten the dust having lost to a Carbery Rangers outfit first time out and then going under to Clonakilty in a backdoor game.
Rosscarbery had earlier defeated Ilen Rovers in a preliminary round encounter. Dohenys got the better of Newcestown in an extra time quarterfinal joust and at the same stage, Castlehaven comfortably accounted for the challenge of Clon who re-enter the competition via their back-door triumph over Skibb.
Newcestown did likewise with a victory over Ilen Rovers enabling them to remain in the hunt.
The U21 B FC has also made some progress and from the 10 teams that started eight remain in contention. Those still involved include Bandon, Kilbrittain, Bantry, Randal Óg, Gabriel Rangers, Owen Gaels and the winners of the Kilmac versus Ahan Gaels clash that ended in a draw.
The C grade competition had five teams facing the starter in a round-robin affair. Very little hurling has been played in the Carbery division while the adult grades in both codes have yet to get underway.
When they do keep an eye out for the progress, or otherwise of Ballinascarthy defending their JAHC and the footballers of Ardfield who will be seeking to repeat their exploits of last year.
Just to refresh your memories the following are the full list of draws in the Carbery championships:
First round: Clann na nGael v Dohenys; Castlehaven v Argideen Rangers; Colums v Kilbrittain; Kilmac v Bandon, Clon v St James; Bal v Barryroe; St Marys v Mathúnas; Ross v Skibb; Plunketts v Muintir Bhaire; Kilmeen v Caheragh.
Preliminary round: Newcestown v St Marys; Plunketts v St James; Clon v Mathúnas.
First round: Bal v Dohenys; Bandon v losers of Plunketts/St James; Colum’s v losers of St Marys/Newcestown; Kilbree v losers of Clon/ Mathúna’s.
U21 B FC:
Bandon v Kilbrittain Gabriel Rangers v Urhan Bantry Blues v Ibane Gaels Kilmacabea v Owen Gaels Randal Óg v Ahan Gaels.
Note: Highest scoring losing team getting a bye to the quarter-finals.
U21 C FC: Kilmeen v Tadgh Mac Cárthaigh; Clann na nGael v Goleen Bye: St Colum’s.
U21 A HC semi-finals: Ahan Gaels v Ibane Gaels; Owen Gaels v Bandon.
U21 B HC:
Round 1: (A) Gabriel Rangers v O’Donovan Rossa; (B) Clonakilty v Randal Óg.
Semi-finals: A v Kilbree; B v Dohenys.