New-look provincial hurling championship is launched as Cork line up Meyler appointment

New-look provincial hurling championship is launched as Cork line up Meyler appointment
Cork County Board chairman Ger Lane and county secretary Frank Murphy watching the hurling semi-finals in the Páirc. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

THE Munster championship draws for next season will be made tonight but there will be a significant difference this time where the hurling is concerned following the GAA’s decision to revamp its structures.

Next season will see the Munster and Leinster hurling championships played off as two five-team, round-robin competitions.

In both provinces, each county will play the other once with two home games and two away games guaranteed. The majority of those games will take place during the month of May and the top two teams at the end of the round-robin series will clash in the Munster and Leinster finals.

The four rounds of fixtures in both Munster and Leinster will be drawn with Cork, Tipperary, Clare, Limerick and Waterford in the Munster pot while in Leinster it will be Kilkenny, Wexford, Galway, Dublin and Offaly.

The exact dates for the games will not be revealed until later in the month. 

The draws for the four provincial football championship will be made tonight as well, live on RTÉ. In Munster, the football quarter-final draw will contain Clare, Limerick, Waterford and Tipperary.

Cork and Kerry have a bye straight through to the semi-final.

If it’s a Cork-Kerry Munster final, the game will be played in the new Páirc Uí Chaoimh.

Meanwhile, Cork hurling fans continue to wait to discover who will be Kieran Kingston’s successor.

John Meyler when he was U21 boss this summer. Picture: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
John Meyler when he was U21 boss this summer. Picture: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

However, the expectation is that John Meyler will get the nod in the next few days and his appointment would be welcomed given his vast experience at all levels of the game, both here in Cork and in other counties.

Meanwhile, James Bermingham from the Bride Rovers club has been appointed to referee next Sunday’s replayed county senior football final between the Barrs and Nemo while Colm Lyons from Nemo Rangers will be the man in the middle for the hurling decider between Imokilly and the Rockies.

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