Cork minor and U20 teams get dates for championship this summer

Delayed All-Ireland hurling decider between Cork and Galway or Dublin set for July 10/11
Cork minor and U20 teams get dates for championship this summer

Cork players Shane O'Regan and Daira Connery celebrate after the Bord Gáis Energy Munster GAA Hurling U20 Championship final. Picture: Matt Browne/Sportsfile

THE Cork U20 hurlers will play their U20 All-Ireland final against the winners of Galway and Dublin on July 10/11.

The GAA last week received clearance for inter-county minor and U20 panels to train from this coming Monday in line with the resumption of adult training across the board in all sports. 

They have now released dates for the All-Ireland series this summer, though the Munster Council has yet to make the draw for the 2021 competitions. They'll be played on a knockout basis like last winter, in order to fulfill the programme that sees provincial champions meet in August, leading into the 2021 All-Ireland finals.

The Munster minor hurling champions for 2021 will get a bye to the All-Ireland against the Leinster champions or Galway. Like last season's delayed competition, there won't be any semi-finals in the U20 hurling, as Galway hurl in Leinster already.

Cork have new minor managers in situ, Michael O'Brien over the footballers and Noel Furlong with the hurlers, with Pat Ryan and Keith Ricken still on board with the 2021 U20 hurling and football squads.

There is a large crossover of hurlers from the 2020 U20 squad waiting to face Galway or Dublin and the 2021 panel.

Underage clubs resumed training on April 26, while senior inter-county squads are gearing up for the league, which sees Cork host Waterford this Sunday, with the footballers starting against Kildare in Thurles on Saturday, May 15.

Games across the board in all sports, behind closed doors, are set to throw in again from June 7, though the U20 hurling decider won't take place until July. Leaving Cert commitments will take precedent which is why Pat Ryan's panel will meet the winner of the Leinster final in July.

The competition has been protracted to say the least, Cork beating Kerry in the Munster opener on October 19 before waiting until December 12 for the semi-final against Limerick. The provincial final win over Tipp was on December 23.

Croke Park wrote to counties on Wednesday afternoon that the CCCC will publish a fixtures schedule for both the completion of the postponed 2020 competitions and dates for the 2021 championships at minor and U20 level in the coming days.

In the communication, the GAA stated training for minor and U20 inter-county panels will be on a full-contact basis and is not limited to pods, while matchday squads will be limited to 24 players.

July 10/July 11  

2020 Bord Gáis Hurling All-Ireland final: Cork v Dublin or Galway.

July 31/August 1  

2021 Eirgrid GAA Football All-Ireland U20 semi-finals: Connacht v Ulster; Leinster v Munster.

August 7/8 

2021 GAA Hurling All-Ireland U20 final: Leinster v Munster. 

August 14/15 

2021 Eirgrid GAA Football All-Ireland U20 final 

2021 Electric Ireland GAA Hurling All-Ireland Minor semi-Final: Leinster v Gaillimh. 

August 21/22 

2021 Electric Ireland GAA Hurling All-Ireland Minor Championship final: Munster v semi-final winner.

2021 Electric Ireland GAA Football All-Ireland Minor Championship semi-finals: Connacht v Leinster; Munster v Ulster. 

August 28/29

2021 Electric Ireland GAA Football All-Ireland Minor final

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