WE’RE halfway through the two-year cycle that will be used to decide which team plays in which Carbery championship in 2021 – so it’s an ideal time for the half-term report so clubs know what they need to do in 2020 to avoid being relegated.
In junior A football, for example, some clubs are already assured of their places in the revamped championship for the 2021 season but with five teams to be relegated at the end of the 2020 championship, there are a lot of clubs in danger heading into the new year.
The two-year cycle for the Carbery championships, football and hurling, will come to an end at the conclusion of the 2020 season. Points have been awarded for championship and league placings at the end of the the 2019 season and those points will be carried through to 2020. At the end of 2020 the gradings for the 2021 championships will be decided by the points total of each team. New-style championships will be run in 2021, in group form, with 16 teams in junior A football and eight teams in junior A hurling. All other championships will have eight teams, where possible. There will be promotion and relegation in all championships from 2021 onwards.
Based on their performances in the league and championship, teams were awarded points and, supplied with the tallies from the Carbery board, the following are the points' position of all teams at the end of the 2019 season:
Junior A Football: St James 269, Ballinascarthy 207, Argideen Rangers 93, Kilmacabea 89, Carbery Rangers 76, Muintir Bhaire 64, Kilbrittain 57, Tadhg MacCarthaigh 53, St Mary’s 44, St Colum’s 38, Castlehaven 37, Clonakilty 34, Kilmeen 33, O’Donovan Rossa 30, St Oliver Plunkett’s 28, Bandon 25, Dohenys 22, Diarmuid Ó Mathúna 20, Barryroe 18, Clann na nGael 18, Ilen Rovers 16.
There was no relegation from junior in 2019 but five teams will be relegated to junior B at the end of 2020, and the top 16 teams will play junior A in 2021. There will be relegation at the end of 2021 (one or two teams).
Junior B Football: Goleen 92, Newcestown 40, Randal Óg 30, Bantry Blues -3.
No team was relegated in 2019, but one team will be relegated in 2021. Also, there will be no promotion in 2020 unless a team wins the county B title. At the start of the junior B championship in 2021, there will be eight teams. There will be promotion and relegation at the end of 2021 (one or two teams).
Junior C Football: Kilmacabea 109, Clonakilty 43, Tadhg MacCarthaigh 17, St Colum’s 18, Kilmeen 11, Gabriel Rangers 8, O’Donovan Rossa 4.
There will be no promotion or relegation again in 2020, but there will be promotion and relegation at the end of 2021 (one team). Eight teams will compete in Junior C in 2021.
Junior D Football: Carbery Rangers 86, Clann na nGael 40, Muintir Bhaire 20, Ilen Rovers 10, Ballinascarthy 1, Castlehaven 1, Barryroe 0, Diarmuid Ó Mathúna 0.
Junior A Hurling: Ballinascarthy 240, Kilbree 155, Newcestown 115, Clonakilty 69, St James 66, Bandon 46, St Oliver Plunkett’s 26, Diarmuid Ó Mathúna 24, Dohenys 20, St Colum’s 9, St Mary’s 3.
There was no relegation from junior A in 2019, but three teams will be relegated to junior B at the end of 2020. That will leave the top eight teams to play in junior A in 2021 and there will be relegation at the end of 2021 (one or two teams).
Junior B Hurling: Bantry Blues 133, Kilbrittain 61, Randal Óg 34, Kilbree 23, O’Donovan Rossa 19, Gabriel Rangers 15, Barryroe 10, Diarmuid Ó Mathúnas 1.
No team was relegated in 2019, but three teams will be relegated in 2020. There will be no promotion in 2020 unless a team wins the county B title. Eight teams will line up in junior B in 2021 and there will be promotion and relegation at the end of 2021 (one team).
Junior C Hurling: Ballinascarthy 42, Argideen Rangers 10, Kilbrittain 0.
There will be no promotion in 2020 but there will be promotion at end of 2021 (one team), while seven teams will play in Junior C in 2021.