Backlog of underage games pose real difficulties for 2021 season

January 06, 2021

Cork captain Conor Corbett lifts the Tom Markham Cup. ©INPHO/Tommy Dickson.

With a number of minor and U20 intercounty competitions from last year still to be completed, the start date for the 2021 competitions is in huge doubt.

In the proposed GAA master fixture list released in December, the U20 and minor football and hurling championships for 2021 were scheduled to start in March while the 2020 competitions were due to be completed with the All-Ireland MFC final on 23/24 January.

It will take three weekends of fixtures to complete the 2020 competitions unless midweek fixtures are played but the big question is when will non-elite players, as minor and U20 players are defined, be allowed to resume competition.

With Ireland set to enter a lockdown similar to one last Spring, it is now likely that the GAA’s calendar will be hugely affected.

With an overlap of players and some mentors between county underage teams at 2020 and 2021, preparations will be increasingly difficult for counties.

15 teams remain in the 2020 competitions - four in minor hurling, three in U20 hurling and eight at minor football level.

There are currently 12 games that have yet to be played.

Remaining fixtures and dates they were originally scheduled for:

Saturday 2 January

Leinster MHC final
Kilkenny v Offaly, O'Moore Park - Postponed

All-Ireland MHC semi-final
Limerick v Galway, TBC, TBC - Postponed

Sunday 3 January

Leinster U20HC final
Dublin v Galway, O'Moore Park - Postponed

Leinster MFC final
Meath v Offaly, Parnell Park - Postponed

Ulster MFC semi-finals
Tyrone v Derry, Clones - Postponed
Fermanagh v Monaghan, Kingspan Breffni - Postponed

Saturday 9/Sunday 10 January TBC

Ulster MFC final
Tyrone or Derry v Fermanagh or Monaghan, TBC, Postponed

All-Ireland U20HC final
Dublin or Galway v Cork, TBC, TBC - Postponed

All-Ireland MHC final
Kilkenny or Offaly v Limerick or Galway, TBC, TBC - Postponed

Saturday 16/Sunday 17 January TBC

All-Ireland MFC semi-finals
Roscommon v Kerry, TBC, TBC - Postponed
Meath or Offaly v Ulster winner, TBC, TBC - Postponed

Saturday 23/Sunday 24 January TBC

All-Ireland MFC final
Semi-final winner v semi-final winner, TBC, TBC - Postponed

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