Cork board supports secondary competition for weaker counties

Cork County Board favours the possible introduction of “a second competition” for weaker counties in the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship after their participation at provincial level has come to an end.

Cork board supports secondary competition for weaker counties

Clubs approved of an executive recommendation put to last night’s meeting in the Nemo Rangers complex to support such a proposal if it comes before the next meeting of Central Council.

Secretary Frank Murphy informed delegates that the executive favoured the retention of the format for the senior hurling championship and this was also accepted without reservation.

Additionally, delegates support the extension of the national hurling league to an eight-team group in Division 1A, with six teams comprising Division 1B.

Murphy said they had consulted with the senior hurling management and they expressed their support for the proposal.

He added that it would ease pressure in the event of teams losing one or two early rounds and as well as being more competitive from a team perspective, the extra games would also benefit gates.

Douglas delegate Der O’Regan raised the issue of this format taking extra Sundays from the clubs but it was explained to him that there would be “more doubling up” of hurling and football games and that the end result would be the loss of only one Sunday.

Chairman Ger Lane referred to the number of Cork teams which have been in action recently and which will be involved over the next week, starting with the Munster junior football final against Kerry in Pairc Uí Rinn tonight.

Commenting that some results had been disappointing, he said they were hopeful of “an improvement as the week goes on”.

Lane expressed sympathy to the family of Tipperary hurling legend Jimmy Doyle as well as to the family of the late broadcaster Liam Ó Murchú, describing him as “a great Corkman”.

The draws for Round 4 of the championships (except senior hurling, which awaits the completion of third round games) were made at the meeting and resulted in a number of very attractive local derbys.

In senior football, last year’s premier intermediate winners were drawn against holders Ballincollig.

Round 4 Championship draws:

Intermediate Football Championship:

A — Adrigole or Youghal v Kanturk; B – Cill na Martra v Mitchelstown; C – Rockchapel v Mayfield; D – Kinsale v Glanmire; E- Glenville v Ballydesmond; F – Kildorrery v Fermoy. G — Aghabullogue (bye) – H – Glanworth (bye).

Intermediate Hurling Championship:

A – Ballincollig v Aghabullogue or Argideen Rangers; B – Aghada v Castlemartyr; C – Dripsey v Grenagh; D – Kildorrery v Eire Óg; E – Meelin v Fr. O’Neills; F – Milford v Ballygarvan;G – Charleville (bye); H – Kilbrittain (bye).

Premier Intermediate Football Championship:

A – Nemo Rangers v Kiskeam; B — Mallow St. Michaels; C – Naomh Abán v Castletownbere; D – Beal Atha ’nGhaorthaigh v Bantry Blues; E- Macroom v Newmarket; F – Eire Óg v Grenagh; G – Carrigaline (bye); H – St. Vincents (bye).

Premier Intermediate Hurling Championship:

A – Tracton v Courcey Rovers; B – Blarney v Newcestown; C – Mallow v Watergrasshill; D – Carrigaline v Cloyne; E – Kanturk v Fermoy; F – Inniscarra or Valley Rovers v Bandon; G – Castlelyons (bye); H – Ballinhassig (bye).

Senior Football Championship:

(2014 semi-finalists Ballincollig, Carbery Rangers Nemo Rangers and Bishopstown):

A – Bishopstown v Clyda Rovers; B – Beara v O’Donovan Rossa; C — Ballincollig v Valley Rovers; D — St. Finbarrs v Castlehaven; E – Nemo Rangers v Douglas; F – St. Nicholas v Dohenys; G — Carbery Rangers v Ilen Rovers; H — Newcestown v Duhallow.

*Quarter-final pairings in all cases:

A v B; C v D; E v F; G v H.

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