Cork ladies football: Groups finalised for U16, minor and senior Munster championships

Cork ladies football: Groups finalised for U16, minor and senior Munster championships
Aishling Hutchings of Cork in action against Kellyann Hogan of Waterford last summer. Picture: Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

HOLDERS Cork will play Tipperary in the 2020 TG4 Munster ladies football senior semi-final, with Kerry to play 2019 runners-up Waterford on the other side of the provincial draw.

Tipperary regained Senior status by winning the 2019 TG4 All-Ireland Intermediate Championship, and will face the Leesiders again in the last four in Munster, as the semi-final pairings are identical to the 2018 last-four ties.

Last year, Cork beat Tipperary and Kerry overcame Waterford in the semi-finals, with Cork going on to claim provincial glory.

Ephie Fitzgerald’s team regained the Munster title this year, with victory over Waterford in the Final.

In 2020, Kerry will take on Waterford in the first TG4 Munster Senior Championship semi-final over the weekend of May 23/24, with Cork up against Tipperary on the weekend of May 30/31.

The final is slated for June 21.

The All-Ireland schedule next summer features two groups of six and the Munster winners will be in Dublin's group. The Dubs have replaced Cork are the queens of the sport, and are hot favourites to complete a four in a row in 2020. 

The top two teams from each group will progress straight through to the All-Ireland semi-finals. The Munster runners-up will be in a group with the Ulster and Connacht champs.

The draws have also taken place for the Munster U14, U16 and minor series. The Rebels have had great success in recent seasons at underage level, which has fed into the senior set-up.

The Rebels celebrate with The Aisling McGing Minor A Cup after the All-Ireland last summer. Picture: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
The Rebels celebrate with The Aisling McGing Minor A Cup after the All-Ireland last summer. Picture: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

The participants at U14 have yet to be finalised but the provincial decider is set for April 11.

Cork are in a group with Limerick and Waterford at U16 and will be expected to progress to the Munster final on May 2.

In minor, Cork, Kerry and Tipp will play-off with the two top meeting on May 4 for the silverware.

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