Roscommon’s clubs learned late last night of the proposals of the county’s Competitions Control Committee (CCC) to revamp the local club championships in light of the Covid-19 crisis, with Sunday September 27th pencilled in as the date for the county senior football final.
These proposals will be voted on by clubs at a county board meeting later this month, and if they are accepted, it means that the existing group structures will be retained in football, the hurling clubs will be split into two qualifying groups, and the action will get underway on Friday July 31st.
This proposed structure would give Anthony Cunningham at least three weeks of uninterrupted preparation for the first round of the intercounty championship, barring the involvement of any of his players in a county hurling final, a junior final, or in the case of the county senior or intermediate final going to a replay.
Other key points include:
- One of the three third-placed teams in the senior and intermediate championship will now be eliminated after the group stages.
- The 2020 county leagues will not be played.
- The junior B championship will start in September, with the U-20 football championship commencing in late October.
- The other big final dates are September 26th for the Intermediate football, October 4th for senior hurling and October 11th for junior football.
- All group draws will take place on Monday June 29th, with the draw running live on the Roscommon GAA facebook page.
The full email from Gerry Keegan, the county fixtures secretary, read as follows:
The CCC propose to run the Senior, Intermediate and Junior Football Championships and the Senior Hurling Championship on the below dates. The Junior B Championship will also start in mid-September(Date TBC) and the U-20 Championship will commence on the October Bank Holiday weekend. There will be no leagues played in 2020 due to Covid-19.
Friday July 31st – SFC, IFC Round One (Hurling Clubs)
Saturday August 1st – SFC, IFC Round One
Sunday August 2nd – SFC, IFC Round One & JFC Group A
Monday August 3rd – SHC Round One
Friday August 7th – SFC, IFC Round Two & JFC Round One
Saturday August 8th – SFC, IFC Round Two & JFC Round One
Sunday August 9th – SFC, IFC Round Two & JFC Round One
Friday August 14th – SFC, IFC Round Three & JFC Round Two
Saturday August 15th – SFC, IFC Round Three & JFC Round Two
Sunday August 16th – SFC, IFC Round Three & JFC Round Two
Saturday August 22nd – SHC Round Two
Sunday August 23rd – SHC Round Two
Saturday August 29th – SFC, IFC Quarter-finals & JFC Round Three
Sunday August 30th – SFC, IFC Quarter-finals & JFC Round Three
Saturday September 5th – SHC Round Three
Sunday September 6th – SHC Round Three
Saturday September 12th – SFC, IFC Semi-final & JFC Q/F
Sunday September 13th – SFC, IFC Semi-final & JFC Q/F
Saturday September 19th – SHC Semi-final
Sunday September 20th – SHC Semi-final
Saturday September 26th – IFC Final & JFC Semi-final
Sunday September 27th – SFC Final & JFC Semi-final
Sunday October 4th – SHC Final
Sunday October 11th – JFC Final
The Senior, Intermediate & Junior Football Championship will consist of three groups of four teams (Group A in the JFC will have five teams). Top two teams from each group will qualify for Quarter-finals. The two best third-placed teams will also qualify for Quarter-finals (if two teams finish on the same points then the team with the better scoring difference will qualify, if the teams are on the same scoring difference then the team with the greater `scoring for` will qualify, if both clubs have the same `scoring for` then both teams will play off the following Wednesday evening to decide who qualifies). The bottom team in each group will playoff to see who is relegated.
All knockout games up to the county finals will be finish on the day (two periods of 10 minutes, and if still level to be followed by two periods of five minutes, then if teams are still level the game will be decided by a penalty shootout). County finals will have one period of extra time, should the teams still be level then there will be a replay, with the date to be decided by the CCC.
A full revised copy of our championship regulations will be circulated to clubs in advance of a county board meeting later this month, for clubs to accept the proposed changes due to Covid-19.
The draw for the Championship group stages will take place on Monday June 29th, live on the Roscommon GAA Facebook page. The time of this draw will be confirmed closer to the date.