Antrim and Down to meet again in Division 2 of the National Camogie League

Details and dates for the return of county camogie action were released this week. The Littlewoods National Leagues have been trimmed down to fit into a six week window from Saturday 15th May through to 20th/21st June with replays of the finals the following week. Otherwise knock-out games will finish on the day.

To achieve this the counties have been drawn together in groups of three or four neighbouring teams. Seconds teams have also been brought back into the lower divisions after being excluded from the championship last autumn on the grounds that they did not meet the criteria for “elite” status.

Although Down will play in the senior championship, they will contest Division Two of the league and are drawn along with Antrim and Derry in Group One. Group Three also has only three teams (Wexford, Kilkenny and Laois) while the other two groups have four teams in each.

And in a tough opener on Saturday 15th May, the Saffrons will be at home to Down the team that beat them in the All-Ireland Intermediate final a few weeks before Christmas.

Down will have a home game against Derry the following week and Antrim will travel to Derry on Saturday 29th May.

The top two teams in each of the four group will contest the quarter-finals while the bottom four teams across the groups will face relegation play-offs with the losers from the two games featuring in a relegation play-off at the end of June.

Antrim have entered a second team in the National League this season with a view to widening their player panel and also provide a stepping stone between minor and senior camogie. That team has been placed in Division Four.

There are two groups of four counties in Division Four and the winners and runners up in each group progress to the semi-finals.

Antrim are grouped in Section One with Wicklow and All-Ireland Junior B finalists from 2020 Tyrone and Cavan while Louth, Kildare, Roscommon and Mayo will be in Section Two.

Antrim will have two away games, to Tyrone on the opening weekend and to Wicklow on the last weekend of May. In between they will entertain Cavan.

Littlewoods Div 2 League 2021

Group 1           Group 2           Group 3           Group 4

Antrim             Cork                Wexford          Westmeath

Down              Tipperary        Kilkenny         Dublin

Derry               Kerry               Laois               Meath

Galway                                    Kildare

Round 1 : Saturday 15th May 2021

G1: Antrim v Down

G2: Tipperary v Cork, Kerry v Galway

G3: Wexford v Kilkenny

G4: Dublin v Westmeath, Meath v Kildare

Round 2 : Sat 22nd May 2021

G1: Down v Derry

G2: Galway v Tipperary, Cork v Kerry

G3: Kilkenny v Laois

G4: Kildare v Dublin, Westmeath v Meath

Round 3: Sat 29th May 2021

G1: Derry v Antrim

G2: Galway v Cork, Tipperary v Kerry

G3: Laois v Wexford

G4: Kildare v Westmeath, Dublin v Meath

Sat/Sun 5th/6th June 2021 Qtr-finals

Sat 12th June 2021 Semi-Finals

Sat 19th June 2021 Final

Sat/Sun 26th/27th June 2021 Final Replay

Littlewoods Div 4 League 2021

Group 1           Group 2

Antrim             Louth

Tyrone             Kildare

Cavan              Roscommon

Wicklow         Mayo

Round 1 : Saturday 15th May 2021

G1: Tyrone v Antrim, Cavan v Wicklow

G2: Kildare v Louth, Roscommon v Mayo

Round 2 : Sat 22nd May 2021

G1: Wicklow v Tyrone, Antrim v Cavan

G2: Mayo v Kildare, Louth v Roscommon

Round 3: Sat 29th May 2021

G1: Wicklow v Antrim, Tyrone v Cavan

G2: Mayo v Louth, Kildare v Roscommon

Sat 5th June 2021 Back Matches/playoffs

Sat 12th June 2021 Semi-Finals

Sat 19th June 2021 Final

Sat/Sun 26th/27th June 2021 Final Replay

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