Thursday, April 08, 2021

AFTER all the controversaries around alleged breaches of Covid – 19 restrictions by some intercounty teams the GAA today gave the green light and a master plan for the resumption of GAA activities, firstly at senior intercounty level followed by club activities.

 

Kildare football captain, David Hyland Photo: INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Collective senior intercounty training has been confirmed, in the Master Plan announced by the GAA today, as starting on 19 April with the Alliance Football Leagues commencing on weekending 16 May and running to weekending 20 June. As previously advised in December the Divisions will be split on a North/South basis with four teams in each group, based on geography.

The Allianz Hurling Leagues will start a week earlier than the football for Division 1 and 2 teams, on weekending 9 May.

The Provincial Football Championships will be on a knock-out basis while the Provincial Hurling Championships will have a back-door system with both due to commence on weekending 27 June along with the Joe McDonagh Cup in which Kildare will compete for the first time in 2021.

There will be no Tailteann Cup (2nd tier football championship) in 2021. Details are yet to be finalised for the resumption of Minor and U20 Training and Games.

Restrictions permitted, county club championships could start at the end of June with the Provincial club championship having a late November start date.

 

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