Cork open new season with a novel CIT clash
By Kieran McCarthy
DEFENDING champions Cork will begin the defence of their McGrath Cup title with an all-Cork clash against college outfit CIT in the preliminary round of the competition on January 6th next year.
That game early in the new year will signal that start of Conor Counihan’s sixth term in charge of the senior footballers, and whichever Cork team emerges from that tie will then face Tipperary in a quarter-final of the provincial football competition a week later on January 13th.
Meanwhile, Cork’s other representative, UCC, will await the winner of the Kerry v IT Tralee preliminary round game in a quarter-final.
The full draw for the 2013 McGrath Cup senior football competition, with all games starting at 2pm, is as follows:
Preliminary round (January 6, 2013)
F – Clare v LIT
G – Kerry v IT Tralee
H – Cork v CIT
Quarter-finals (January 13)
1 – Limerick v winners of F
2 – UCC v winners of G
3 – Tipperary v winners of H
4 – UL v Waterford
Semi-finals (January 20)
1 v 2
3 v 4
Final (January 27)
There is also an all-Cork clash in the preliminary round of the 2013 Waterford Crystal Cup senior hurling competition with Jimmy Barry-Murphy’s charges to face UCC on January 20th, with the winner to meet WIT in a quarter-final the following weekend.
The full draw for the 2013 Waterford Crystal Cup, with all games starting at 2pm, is as follows:
Preliminary round (January 20, 2013)
E – Waterford v UL
F – Cork v UCC
G – Limerick v Mary I
H – Kerry v IT Tralee
Quarter-finals (January 27)
1 – Clare v winners of E
2 – WIT winners of F
3 – Tipperary v winners of G
4 – LIT v winners of H
Semi-finals (February 3)
1 v 2
3 v 4
Final (February 10)
There is a mouth-watering Cork v Kerry clash in the quarter-final of the 2013 Munster minor football championship, to be played in Cork on April 20th, with the winner through to a semi-final of the Clare v Limerick match. The loser, however, must negotiate the backdoor.
In next year’s Munster minor hurling championship, Cork are at home to Clare on April 10th in a quarter-final with the loser to meet the losing team from Tipperary v Waterford in a play-off, while the winner awaits in the semi-final for the victor from that play-off.
In the 2013, Cadbury Munster U21 football championship, there will be a repeat of this year’s final when reigning champions Cork, managed by Castlehaven’s John Cleary, entertain Kerry at home on March 20th, with the winner to take on Limerick a week later in the semi-final. There will be extra-time in all games, including the final.
In the Bord Gáis Munster U21 hurling championship, Cork await the winners of the Tipperary v Limerick quarter-final in a semi-final due to be played on July 17, at a Cork venue if Limerick win or a Tipp venue if the Premier County win.
Also, in the 2013 Munster intermediate hurling championship, Cork are through to the semi-finals where they will meet either Clare or Waterford on June 23rd, while Cork’s junior football team must travel to the Gaelic Grounds to take on Limerick on May 25th, with the winner away to Clare in a semi-final on June 16th.
• For a full list of 2013 Munster championship inter-county and club fixtures, check out www.munster.gaa.ie