Cork teams in action early as Munster Council set hurling and football fixtures

Cork teams in action early as Munster Council set hurling and football fixtures
Cork U20 wing-forward Jack Murphy takes on Karl Lynch Bissett of Dublin during the EirGrid GAA final. Picture: Matt Browne/Sportsfile

THE Cork U20 footballers will defend their Munster and All-Ireland titles from February 19.

Keith Ricken’s charges are in action far earlier this season with the U20 series brought forward and they were drawn against Clare or Waterford, setting up a likely provincial final in Kerry on February 26.

The U20 hurlers, who next season will be managed by Pat Ryan, open with a clash with Kerry on July 1 and then a semi-final away to Limerick eight days later.

All-Ireland U17 champions three years ago, the team will be among the favourites for glory.

The Munster GAA Competitions Control Committee have also confirmed next summer’s senior fixtures, with Páirc Uí Chaoimh hosting the hurling opener on May 10 against Limerick and a football semi-final with Kerry on May 24.

The minor hurlers will be in synch with the seniors as per the past two seasons. The football competition will be run off separately with the final on alongside the senior decider. 

The preseason competitions kick in from December with Kieran Kingston's hurlers hosting Kerry on December 18 and away to Waterford two nights later. The final is on January 12 if Cork win their games.

Ronan McCarthy and the footballers travel to Tralee on December 29 and are at home to Tipp on January 2.

MUNSTER HURLING LEAGUE:

December 18: Cork v Kerry, Páirc Uí Rinn 7.30pm.

December 20: Waterford v Cork, Fraher Field 7.30pm.

Final: January 12.

McGRATH CUP:

December 29: Kerry v Cork, Tralee 2pm.

January 2: Cork v Tipperary, Páirc Uí Rinn 7.30pm.

Final: January 11.

MUNSTER HURLING:

May 10: Cork v Limerick, Páirc Uí Chaoimh 4pm.

May 31: Waterford v Cork, Walsh Park 2pm.

June 7: Cork v Clare Páirc Uí Chaoimh 2pm

June 14: Tipperary v Cork, Semple Stadium 2pm.

Final: June 28.

MUNSTER FOOTBALL:

May 24: Semi-final: Cork v Kerry, Páirc Uí Chaoimh 2pm.

Final: June 21, 2pm.


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