Cork push for major change in minor championship while Histon puts in for transfer to Nemo

Cork push for major change in minor championship while Histon puts in for transfer to Nemo
Cobh's Kieran Histon holds on tight to the ball with Ballyhooly's Eamon O'Reilly hot on his heels. Picture: Gavin Browne

CORK will seek a restructuring of the Munster minor football championship for 2019 after being unsuccessful with a late attempt to change the format for the current year.

The minor hurling will operate on a round-robin basis, with fixtures tied to their senior equivalents, and Cork had sought for a similar modification of the football but not enough other counties were in support of this. 

At Tuesday night’s county board meeting in Páirc Uí Chaoimh, the first to be chaired by a woman, Tracey Kennedy confirmed that Cork would submit a new proposal in the autumn for the football.

Elsewhere, former Cork U21 footballer Kieran Histon has sought a transfer from Cobh to county senior champions Nemo Rangers. Histon was also corner-back on the hurling front last year in the Imokilly side that captured the SHC crown.

A list of proposed transfers was circulated yesterday and will be dealt with by the county competitions control committee (CCC) at its meeting next Tuesday. 

Aside from Histon, other notable requests are for Daniel O’Donovan to rejoin Kilmacabea from Bishopstown and Sarsfields’ Gary O’Kelly Lynch to move to Watergrasshill.

Cork GAA chiefs have confirmed that the charging of €5 for juvenile tickets for last Saturday evening’s Allianz leagues double-header at Páirc Uí Chaoimh was a health-and-safety issue.

Macroom delegate John O’Mahony expressed concern that children as young as seven were being charged. 

Kennedy said that the fact that the games, between Tipperary and Kilkenny, attracted a larger-than-usual crowd necessitated this practice.

“There was a possibility that any section of the North Stand could sell out,” she said, “which meant that anybody who entered the stadium needed a ticket.

“Juveniles are charged for all games in Croke Park, for instance, and it will be the same for the double-header on February 25 [against Cavan and Waterford in football and hurling respectively].

“They won’t be charged for the games in Páirc Uí Rinn [football clashes with Clare and Louth].” 

Liam Ó Laochdha of Youghal said that, if juniors were to be charged, it would be coming out of the pockets of the adults bringing them. 

“If we are to go down this road, we must have a conversation about it.” 

Meanwhile, the executive of the county board was completed with the election of Clonakilty’s Noel O’Callaghan to represent senior clubs, Eamonn Landy of Mayfield as the intermediate rep and Dick Fitzgerald (Russell Rovers) for junior clubs. 

O’Callaghan overcame Der O’Regan of Douglas in a vote while Muskerry’s John Crean will be the divisional representative after he beat Aidan O’Rourke of Carbery.

Willie Ring of Cloyne and Bride Rovers’ Daniel Lane will represent the county at the GAA’s annual Congress at the end of February.

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