Guide to the Cork County Championship hurling and football draws

Guide to the Cork County Championship hurling and football draws
Seamus Harnedy of Imokilly celebrates after scoring in the county final win over Glen Rovers recently. Picture: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

GAA enthusiasts on Leeside will have their eyes fixed on Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Tuesday night where the draws for the various championships next season will take place.

A new format will be in operation when the 2020 championship season gets underway in April with three groups of four teams in all grades in the drum.

At senior level the top three from each group and one divisional/colleges winner will proceed to play-offs.

The top two from each group advance to quarter-finals. The third placed teams will play off to join them, while the bottom clubs from each group will be in the relegation section.

Where before two divisions or colleges were involved in the knockout stages, now just one were gain entry at the preliminary quarter-final stage. Three-in-a-row hurling champs Imokilly will be impacted by the new tiers which bring the tally of senior clubs to 24: 12 in premier senior and 12 in senior A.

PREMIER SENIOR FOOTBALL A: Nemo, Barrs, Carbery Rangers; B: Ballincollig, Castlehaven, Valley Rovers; C: Douglas, Newcestown, Clon; D: Ilen, Bishopstown, Carrigaline.

PREMIER SENIOR HURLING: A: Glen, Midleton, Blackrock; B: Erin's Own, Sars, Barrs; C: Douglas, Piarsaigh, Bishopstown; D: Newtown, Carrigtwohill, Ballyhea.

SENIOR A FOOTBALL: A: Kiskeam, O'Donovan Rossa, Dohenys; B: St Nicks, Fermoy, Mallow; C: Clyda, St Michael's, Éire Óg; D: Bantry, Beál Áthan Ghaorthaidh, Bandon.

Éire Óg celebrate after defeating St Michael's. Picture: Eddie O'Hare
Éire Óg celebrate after defeating St Michael's. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

SENIOR A HURLING: A: Bandon, Ballymartle, Newcestown; B: Bride Rovers, Killeagh, Charleville; C: Kanturk, Fr O'Neill's, Mallow; D: Kilworth, Fermoy, Cloyne.

PREMIER INTERMEDIATE FOOTBALL: A: Naomh Abán, Newmarket, Macroom; B: Kanturk, Na Piarsaigh, Cill na Martra; C: Nemo Rangers, St Vincent's, Castletownbere; D: Aghada, Knocknagree, Gabriel Rangers.

PREMIER INTERMEDIATE HURLING: A: Inniscarra, Courceys, Valley Rovers; B: Ballinhassig, Carrigaline, Blarney; C: Castlelyons, Watergrasshill, Aghada; D: Ballincollig, Youghal, Blackrock.

INTERMEDIATE A FOOTBALL: A: Mitchelstown, Aghabullogue, Rockchapel, Millstreet; B: St Finbarr's, Glanworth, Kildorrery, Dromtarriffe; C: Ballydesmond, Mayfield, Glanmire, Glenville; D: Kinsale, Adrigole, Ballinora, Kilshannig.

INTERMEDIATE A HURLING: A: Éire Óg, Kildorrery, Cloughduv; B: Sarsfields, Mayfield, Aghabullogue; C: Glen Rovers, Dungourney, Mayfield; D: Douglas, Midleton, Argideen Rangers.

LOWER INTERMEDIATE HURLING: A: Kilbrittain, Tracton, Castlemartyr; B: St Finbarr's, Barryroe, St Catherine's; C: Grenagh, Ballymartle, Ballygarvan; D: Milford, Dripsey, Russell Rovers.

Cork would be represented in Munster by the Premier Senior, Premier Intermediate and Junior A champions.

Knocknagree captain Gary O'Connor with the John Lock O'Sullivan trophy after defeating Gabriel Rangers this season. Picture: Eddie O'Hare
Knocknagree captain Gary O'Connor with the John Lock O'Sullivan trophy after defeating Gabriel Rangers this season. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

In line with the decision made by clubs earlier this year, after the completion of the first round in April teams with inter-county senior panellists will not have to play again until Cork are out of Munster an All-Ireland series.

The benefit with a round-robin structure is that teams without Cork players can play their second game in July.

Ultimately, there will be 48 club teams across four grades. However in 2020 and 2021, there will be five tiers in hurling, including Premier Intermediate, Intermediate and Lower Intermediate levels.

The intermediate football will facilitate 16 clubs for now.

However at the end of 2021, five teams will be relegated from intermediate football to junior and all the teams remaining in the lower intermediate hurling will also be gone. 

Kilgarvan's Con Godfrey tackles Russell Rovers' Daniel Moynihan. Picture: Don MacMonagle
Kilgarvan's Con Godfrey tackles Russell Rovers' Daniel Moynihan. Picture: Don MacMonagle

That puts a bit of pressure on newly-promoted Russell Rovers, who are currently counting down a Munster junior club hurling decider. They have two chances to lift the LIH title or drop back down.

The teams in each grade have been ranked and seeded in pots of three, or four in the case of the 16-team intermediate football competition.

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