It’s a Festive opener for the Cork hurlers with John Meyler's first game as boss scheduled for December

It’s a Festive opener for the Cork hurlers with John Meyler's first game as boss scheduled for December
John Meyler right with former Cork boss Kieran Kingston to his left during last January's Co-Op Superstores Munster Senior Hurling League. Picture: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

JOHN Meyler’s first game as Cork hurling manager will be in the Munster League on Saturday, December 30.

Holders Cork, who defeated Limerick in this year’s final, are one of four teams in the round-robin competition. Clare and Kerry are the other sides involved, but Tipperary and Waterford won’t be playing, having earlier indicated their non-participation.

The draws are deferred until Friday night. The Co-op Superstores-sponsored competition runs for three successive weekends with the top two meeting in the final on January 21.

It’s a busy month for Meyler, who took over from Kieran Kingston, because Cork’s opening league game is the following week against Kilkenny at Páirc Uí Chaoimh.

Cork will defend their minor title in a new round-robin format to run in conjunction with the senior championship. Games will be played in May and June with the final on July 1.

Ronan McCarthy makes his debut as the football manager with a trip to Waterford in the McGrath Cup on January 7 with a home tie against Clare a week later. These are the only counties entered and the two top will play a final on January 21. Cork begin their division 2 league campaign at home to Tipperary the following week.

In the Munster U21 hurling championship Cork are paired with Waterford for the second successive season, having won a memorable semi-final in Walsh Park this year. The game is listed for June 20. Holders Limerick, who won the All-Ireland as well, take on Clare with Tipperary awaiting in the other semi-final.

In the new-look Munster U20 football championship, Cork have been drawn against Tipperary with the winners meeting Clare, and Kerry on the other side of the draw. The competition will run between June and August next summer and senior inter-county players are barred. There will be no replays with a sudden-death free-taking shoot-out needed if extra-time doesn’t produce a winner.

The minor football draws are deferred until the counties agree on the format.

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