Carrig’s campaign starts with Courceys

CORK senior hurling champions Carrigtwohill will open the defence of their title against this year’s Premier IHC champions, Courcey Rovers, in the first round of the 2012 championship.

The match will be Courcey Rovers’ debut at senior hurling level and was one of a number of standout ties in the opening round of the SHC.

There will be two east Cork derbies with Cloyne meeting Sarsfields while Erin’s Own play Bride Rovers, in what will both be repeats of games in this year’s championship.

The meetings of Newtownshandrum and Killeagh, and Midleton and Bishopstown are also repeats of ties from last summer.

There are also two attractive city clashes with Glen Rovers facing St Finbarr’s while Douglas are drawn against Na Piarsaigh. The clash of Ballymartle and Blackrock is the final first round tie.

In the Premier IHC grade, the south-east meeting of Carrigaline and Tracton is the standout match with the clash of Blarney and Castlelyons, who both dropped down from the senior grade in recent seasons, another highlight.

The 2011 IHC champions, Bandon, will face Aghabullogue in their opening tie while the pairings of Newcestown and Ballyhea and Youghal and Watergrasshill emerged for a remarkable third successive year.

In the IHC grade, this year’s junior champions, Charleville, will face Éire Óg in their opening clash.

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