ALL eyes were focused on championship matters as the draws were made for the 2019 adult competitions from Senior down to Junior recently.
Every year the draws throw up exciting pairings and this season’s package is no exception. Holders Inniscarra got the attention as everybody waited to see who would be the side to face the champions and those in attendance did not have to wait long as the task fell to senior debutants and neighbouring club Éire Óg.
At senior level, 15 sides will battle it out for the senior championship crown as 15 clubs and two divisions went into the hat with newly promoted Éire Óg joining the senior ranks following on their success last season in the Intermediate championship.
The county board will not make the losers round draws until the opening round has been played There are some interesting games jumping out the meeting of champions Inniscarra bidding for four in a row will be interesting as they clash with their neighbours.
Cloughduv have a lot of young players coming through their ranks and with Aoife Murray and Briege Corkery in their ranks they will look forward to meeting the winners of the clash between divisional sides Carbery and Muskerry.
Douglas will meet a Sarsfields side who will be hoping to get a good run in championship with a huge volume of players coming through their hugely successful underage structure they are a side to watch.
Last year’s defeated semi-finalists Ballincollig will meet Glen Rovers, whilst Milford and Courcey rovers who met in last season’s semi-final where Courcey’s advanced will meet this year in the opening round. St Catherine’s will meet Killeagh.
Ballygarvan are a young side who have won two minor A championship titles in a row and they will meet a St Finbarr’s sides who will be determined to go one step closer this season having won the league title last year.
In the preliminary round the clash of the divisional and Carbery can call on a host of experienced players from Clonakilty, Kilbrittain/Timoleague, Barryroe, Enniskeane and Newcestown to pick from they will be coming from a strong base they will meet Muskerry who despite losing the Éire Óg players this season can call on plenty of strength from Aghabullogue and Ballinora lead their challenge.
The first round draw is as follows: Carbery v Muskerry; St Catherine’s v Killeagh; Douglas v Sarsfields; Ballincollig v Glen Rovers; Éire Óg v Inniscarra; Carbery or Muskerry v Cloughduv; St Finbarr’s v Ballygarvan.
With the decision last year to restructure the Intermediate grand and dispense with the Senior B grade the second competition continues as intermediate and with 13 teams participating on a round robin basis there will be two groups one of seven and one of six teams.
Last season’s defeated Aghabullogue will be determined to go one better this year, Newcestown who lost out in the semi-final to Éire Óg will be hoping to go another step closer in 2019 and they are both in group one where they are joined by newly promoted Watergrashill who won the Junior A championship in 2018, Enniskeane, Na Piarsaigh Blackrock and Valley Rovers who have re graded down from Senior. In group two, last year’s defeated semi-finalists Fr O’Neill’s are paired with Carrigaline, Kilbrittain/ Timoleague, Clonakilty, Ballinhassig and Brian Dillon’s.
Group One: Watergrashill, Enniskeane, Na Piarsaigh, Blackrock, Newcestown, Aghabullogue, Valley Rovers.
Group Two: Carrigaline, Kilbrittain/ Timoleague, Clonakilty, Ballinhassig, Fr O’ Neill’s, Brian Dillon’s.
The Junior A championship has ten teams battling for the title and these are also played on a round robin basis. In group one Ballyhea who lost out in last year final to Watergrashill are paired with Charleville, Tracton, Banteer and Bishopstown. In Group Two Barryroe having regarded down from Intermediate are in a group with Sliabh Rua, last year’s defeated semi-finalists St Vincent’s, Ballinascarthy and Mallow who have come down from senior.
Junior B: Group One we have Buttevant, Inniscarra, Millstreet, Cobh. Group two is Youghal, Ballinora, Castlelyons and Bride Rovers.
Junior C: Group One: Kilworth, Aghada, St Fanahan’s, Castlelyons, and Grenagh.
Group Two: Blarney, Na Piarsaigh, Kinsale, St Colm’s.
Junior Second teams Group One: Ballincollig, Cloughduv, Éire Óg, Sarsfields.Douglas, St Catherine’s, Group Two: St Finbarr’s, Barryroe, Glen Rovers, Kilbrittain/ Timoleague, Newcestown.
Junior 13 A side Erin’s Own, St Vincent’s, Dungourney, Rockban, Castlemartyr, Kilbree.