Rebel Óg announce the formation of a new GAA region in Cork

Rebel Óg announce the formation of a new GAA region in Cork
Douglas' Michael Nason celebrates his goal with Kevin McSweeney against Glanmire's during a recent U16 final. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

REBEL ÓG, who run underage GAA in Cork, have decided to form a new region from next season.

This proposal was before the Cork County Board this week for acceptance and having being recommended by the executive, it was passed.

A review of the current structures was undertaken in the past few months and it was decided that a new region, the Mid Region, would be formed.

This was based on a number of factors, but the main one was the size of the East Region, which had become too large and was posing problems.

So a new East Region and separate Mid Region are to be formed, made up of clubs that are currently in the East Region.

As part of this review, the Central Region was also looked at and it was decided that the Premier 2A grade would be done away with, thus helping to strengthen the other regions across the board.

Clubs, who are strong enough, will still be able to play at Premier 1 and 2, with their second sides, if they so wish, playing at C3 level in the Central Region.

However, depending on their location, they have the option of putting a second team into a region rather than the C3 strand, which is specifically for second teams in big clubs like Douglas, Sars and Carrigaline.

Conor Cahill of St Colman's trying to shoot past Ballincollig's Mathew Ó Donnabhain. Picture Denis Minihane.
Conor Cahill of St Colman's trying to shoot past Ballincollig's Mathew Ó Donnabhain. Picture Denis Minihane.

The new Mid Region will have clubs like Aghabullogue, Ballincollig, Kinsale, Tracton, St Nicholas and Blarney in its line-up and the new East Region will consist of sides like Aghada, Glenville, Passage and Youghal in their ranks.

The changes will also see sides having to travel shorter distances overall for league games during the season.

The committee has also recommended that Rebel Óg rebrand as Rebel Óg Chorcaí and that would be the only name they would be known by.

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