Cork County board set to rejig championship format

Cork County Board delegates last night looked set to vote in favour of proposed changes to the county championships.
Cork County board set to rejig championship format

Following discussions with numerous stakeholders, the executive of the board put forward an amended system to the current one, based on a suggestion by Meelin and Rockchapel.

The meeting in Nemo Rangers to discuss the motion went on into the night, with a number or arguments for and against.

One of the most notable alterations is that the ‘third chance’ afforded to sides which had lost two games was removed, while the automatic relegation of sides which lost four games in one year will not take effect.

Instead, sides would now only subject to re-grading if they fail to win a game in two years in a row or two years out of three.

All first-round winners will now be guaranteed three games, with winning teams in the opening round playing each other in round 2A.

The winners of those games will progress to the quarter-finals, while the losers will face the winning teams from round 2B — which will feature the sides which lose in the first round — for the remaining places in the last eight.

The possibility of allowing senior and premier intermediate clubs from densely populated catchment areas to enter a second team in the intermediate grade drew a lot of opposition.

Nominations have been finalised for the upcoming annual convention, which takes place on Sunday, December 13.

There will be one election, as PRO Edmond Forrest has opted not to seek re-election. That role will be contested by the three other men who ran for it last year, Cian O’Brien (Glen Rovers), Derek Connolly (Brian Dillons) and Donal Leahy (Tadhg Mac Cárthaigh).

Jerry Walsh of Ballydesmond will replace Kieran McGann as Irish and cultural officer while Richard Murphy (Lyre) will assume the role of development officer on Michael Byrne’s departure.

Votes of sympathy were passed for John O’Driscoll (Nemo Rangers), Maurice Cashman (Aghada) and Finbarr Cronin (Passage), all of whom died recently.

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