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Latest: New Juvenile Hurling Championship Structure!

posted 26 Jan 2013, 01:51 by Unknown user

The Galway Juvenile Hurling Committee (Coiste Iomana na nOg) held a clubs meeting last Thursday to unveil details of the new championship structure for 2013. The new model will give every team a county semi-final appearance at least (in either a championship or shield), it will reduce one-sided matches, give more matches to young lads, and sees the introduction of a brand new U15 championship, adding to the U13, U14 and U16 already in existence.

Before this year, the structure for juvenile grades was as follows:
A – approx. 12 teams (2 groups)
B – approx. 18 teams (3 groups)
C – approx.  10 teams (2 groups)
D – approx. 6 teams (2 groups)

This year in 2013, the following will exist
A – 8 teams (1 group)
A1 – 8 teams (1 group)
B - 8 teams (1 group)
B1 – 8 teams (1 group)
C – balance of approx. 10 teams (2 groups)

Here how it works…
- So there will be 5 different championship grades, and each of these will have a shield competition.
- therefore of the starting say 44 teams….10 will lift a cup……20 will reach a final…….40 will reach semi-finals.
- for example, take the U14 A1.
* This has just one group of 8 teams
* each team plays each other (therefore 7 group matches each)
* in the final group standings, the top 4 sides go into the Championship semi-finals, the bottom 4 sides head for the Shield semi-finals. (each side now has minimum of 8 matches, and each side will play in a semi-final).
* winners play in U14 A1 Championship Final or U14 A1 Shield Final.

The other advantage of this new structure, is that teams will be playing in the grade that they can compete at, reducing the chance of teams being too strong in a particular championship. How this will work is as follows:
- The two teams that got to the above U14 A1 Championship Final in 2013, will automatically be promoted to U15 A in 2014. Their place in the U15 A1 group in 2013 will be replaced by those 2 teams who lost the U14A Shield semi-finals in 2013.
- Likewise, the two teams who will lose the U14 A1 Shield semi-finals in 2013, will drop down to U15B in 2014. Their place in the U15A1 group for 2014 will be taken by the two sides who reached the U14B Championship Final in 2013.