County teams could soon be back in action

Antrim hurlers season may just have ended last weekend, but there is a lot of speculation to suggest it won’t be long until they are back in training again. RTE Sport online are reporting that the new league and championship season at inter county level will resume on February 27th/28th with new look structures to the leagues which will see each division played on a regional basis.

In football Division Four sees Carlow, Wexford, Waterford and London in one group with Leitrim, Antrim, Louth and Sligo in the other. That will be an interesting challenge for new Antrim football boss Enda McGinley who will be pitting his wits against his former boss Mickey Harte, who is the new Louth manager. Sligo are led by former Armagh star Tony McEntee, while Terry Hyland remains the Leitrim boss. Every county will have a minimum of four league games, and there will be semi-finals for a place in the decider and for relegation.

Antrim’s centre-forward James McNaughton. Pic by John McIlwaine

The hurling set-up has not been named but again there is much speculation, and at this stage it is merely speculation, but if we replaced Carlow, who were relegated last season, we would be paired with Clare, Wexford, Kilkenny, Dublin and Laois.

Whatever way it works out it certainly seems likely that the county season will run from February to July with the club scene taking up the second half of the season.

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