Cork Celtic Challenge teams go to Croke Park

  • Apr 20,2017

On Wednesday, Rebel Og and Cork GAA sent four players to Croke park in association with Rebel Og Coaching for the 2017 launch of the Celtic Challenge.

Cork were represented by Cormac O'Brien from Midleton who was representing East Cork. Cork City were represented by Adam Murphy from Whitechurch. Ryan Doyle from Mallow was there on behalf of Cork North  and Evan Carroll from Cloughdubh represented Cork West.

Rebel Og Coaching GDA Paudie O Brien And Colm Crowley were also in attendance.

The players along with their families travelled to Croke park for the launch. The players families were treated to a tour of Croke Park while the Cork players and representives from the other County's travelled to Howth for the photo call.

The Bank of Ireland Celtic Challenge is the only competition in hurling that has teams from all 32 counties participating. In 2016, a total of 38 teams with over 1,000 players played in the competition. During a 7 week period an incredible 118 games were played including 5 Divisional Finals.

Further to a significant review of the competition the Bank of Ireland Celtic Challenge will grow even bigger for 2017. In total, 155 games will be provided to over 1,400 players on 47 teams.

The programme will run from Wednesday 3rd May to Saturday 24th June 2017.The ethos of the competition is a developmental one, where an 8 week programme of meaningful games is supplemented by a 1 to 1 ratio of games to training.

Each team will play a minimum of 5 games through a programme that is structured on the basis of Group Stages, Preliminaries (Quarter-Finals) and Play-Offs (Semi-Finals).The Group Stages will consist of 8 Groups of teams selected on a geographical and developmental basis. Matches at the Group Stages will be played on Wednesdays.

After the Group Stages, teams will be graded on foot of their performance and will be assigned to 1 of 6 Divisions prior to participating in the Preliminaries (Quarter-Finals) and Play-Offs (Semi-Finals) where they will play against opposition of a comparative developmental level.

6 Finals will be played on Saturday June 24th, 2017.

We wish the four Cork teams the very best in this year's competition.