Yesterday’s Cork County Board annual convention ended with the draws for next year’s championships, which will be run on a system different to this year’s.
Whereas recent times have seen first-round winners advancing directly to the fourth round, with losers playing off in the second and third rounds, all teams will now play in the second round.
The second round will be split into two sections, with winners playing off among themselves while the first-round losers will do likewise. At senior level, the separate divisions and colleges section will no longer exist, hence the Glen being drawn against the west Cork divisional side in their opener.
Killeagh — who, like all of the other relegated sides, were granted a reprieve — will take part in the preliminary round of the SHC against Muskerry, while premier intermediate champions Newcestown are up against St Finbarr’s.
In the senior football championship first round, champions Nemo Rangers were drawn against Duhallow, with beaten finalists Castlehaven facing an all-west Cork clash against Clonakilty.
The meetings of O’Donovan Rossa and Carbery as well as Ballincollig and Bishopstown are also derbies, with the PIFC winners Carrigaline taking on St Nicholas.
While both of the premier intermediate grades continue to have 16 teams, the lower intermediate championships have been bloated due to the inclusion of some clubs’ second teams.
A total of 26 teams will take part in the IHC, with 20 in the IFC.
Killeagh v Muskerry;
Erin’s Own v Cork IT, Avondhu v Ballymartle, Douglas v Na Piarsaigh, Sarsfields v Carrigtwohill, Glen Rovers v Carbery, Blackrock v Ballyhea, Duhallow v Carrigdhoun, Midleton v Bishopstown, Bride Rovers v Youghal, St Finbarr’s v Newcestown, Newtownshandrum v Killeagh/Muskerry, Imokilly v UCC.
Castlelyons v Inniscarra, Kanturk v Cloyne, Tracton v Ballinhassig, Watergrasshill v Blarney, Charleville v Bandon, Fermoy v Kilworth, Carrigaline v Mallow, Valley Rovers v Courcey Rovers.
Ballymartle v Grenagh, Barryroe v Dungourney.
Na Piarsaigh v Argideen Rangers, Midleton v Glen Rovers, Aghada v Blackrock, Ballinhassig v Éire Óg , Douglas v Barryroe/Dungourney, Dripsey v St Finbarr’s, Fr O’Neills v Carrigaline, Ballincollig v Meelin, Kilbrittain v Ballymartle/Grenagh, Kildorrery v Ballygarvan, Aghabullogue v Inniscarra.
Avondhu v Ilen Rovers.
Aghada v Muskerry, Beara v St Finbarr’s, Carbery Rangers v Clyda Rovers, Dohenys v Douglas, Newcestown v Cork IT, Ballincollig v Bishopstown, Avondhu/Ilen Rovers v Valley Rovers, Clonakilty v Castlehaven, Carbery v O’Donovan Rossa, Seandun v UCC, Nemo Rangers v Duhallow, St Nicholas v Carrigaline;
St Vincent’s v St Michael’s, Éire Óg v Nemo Rangers, Castletownbere v Naomh Abán, Macroom v Fermoy, Béal Áthan Ghaorthaidh v Newmarket, Ballinora v Grenagh, Kiskeam v Na Piarsaigh, Mallow v Bantry Blues;
Cill na Martra v Bandon, Aghabullogue v Millstreet, Adrigole v Ballydesmond, Kildorrery v Clonakilty, St Finbarr’s v Mayfield, Douglas v Mitchelstown, Carrigaline v Kanturk, Glanmire v Kinsale, Glanworth v Glenville, Rockchapel v Youghal.