Under this new structure, eight regional teams will form two groups of four teams to play in a league format with the next phase of the competition pitting the top two teams in each group in to the Cup with the third and fourth placed teams entering the Shield.
The structure will cast the net far and wide catering for 400 players between hurling and football in games running from May to August. The teams have been drawn up on a geographical basis but with soft borders on the traditional divisional boundaries to ensure all teams are of a similar standard. The Rebel Óg Coaching Games Development Administrators have been busy over the last 6 months looking at players and organising internal games to determine appropriate structures to meet the needs of players development at u 14 level in Cork and this new format breaks away from the regional structure used in the past which consisted of 4 regional teams followed by a move to 48 players in hurling who went on to represent Cork at the inter county tournaments.
Speaking at the launch, Cork Chairperson, Tracey Kennedy welcomed the new format noting that “clubs throughout the county should benefit from this structure as there will be more club players involved in a full season of activity at a high level and they will return to their clubs as better players”.
County Coaching Officer Ronan Dwane attended the launch and is very optimistic that the new league format will ensure that “very few players can slip through the net as the increase in teams from 4 to 8 means that squads are more localised allowing more players to be involved over a full season”.
1.45pm Group 2 Game Cork North West 1-4 vs 0-12 South West Cork
3.00pm Group 1 Game East Cork 2-7 vs 2-9 West Cork
4.15pm Group 1 Game Cork North East 1-04 vs 0-08 Cork City South
5.30pm Group 2 Game Mid Cork 2-12 vs 3-4 Cork City North
- Normal Football Rules apply with the following exceptions
- Player that is fouled takes the free
- Players allowed only 1 play of the ball up to attacking 45.
- If inside attacking 45, players have unlimited plays
- In the unlikely event of a player getting a red card, he can be replaced
- All boys present have to get at least 20 minutes game time over the full 60 mins
- Unlimited substitutions roll on roll off.
- Games based on 3 X 20 mins