Interesting changes to the Munster Championships for 2019 including the Senior Hurling Championship confirmed by Press Release today.
Munster GAA Press Release
A meeting of the Munster GAA Competitions Control Committee (CCC) was held on Thursday September 13th in Áras Mumhan, Limerick and ratified the following items –
1. 2019 Munster Senior Hurling Championship – the first round of games will begin on week ending May 12th (one week earlier than 2018) and the Munster Championship will be run over 6 weeks, allowing a break weekend for all counties midway through the round-robin series. The final round of games will take place on week ending June 16th.
2. 2019 Munster Minor Football Championship – a new format for the Munster Minor Football Championship has been confirmed on a one-year trial basis. Phase 1 will see a round-robin format involving Clare, Limerick, Tipperary and Waterford with each county getting 3 games. The top two teams will then play the Phase 1 Final. The winner of the Phase 1 Final will join Cork and Kerry in a Phase 2 round-robin format, with the top 2 teams qualifying for the Munster Final. The purpose of the new format is to ensure that the developing counties of Clare, Limerick, Tipperary and Waterford get at least three games against teams of a similar standard. The Phase 1 Final winner will have played four games before progressing to meet Cork and Kerry.
3. Munster Football Development – Pat O’Shea (Kerry) has been appointed Games Development Manager with responsibility for Football Development. Pat will work with the six Munster counties on the development of Gaelic Football including development squads, club coaching, school structures etc. In addition, Joe Carton (Waterford) has been appointed Games Development Manager with responsibility for Hurling Development.
4. 2019 Munster Championship Draws – the draws for the 2019 Munster Senior Football Championship will take place on October 11th in conjunction with the other Provincial Senior Football Championship draws. The draws for the 2019 Munster Under 20 Hurling and Munster Under 20 Football Championships will take place at the next Munster CCC meeting scheduled for Thursday November 29th.