All Ireland Camogie Championship structure

The Camogie Association yesterday announced the dates and format for the various inter-county All-Ireland championship. Antrim have teams in both the Intermediate and Premier Junior championships which begin on 24th July and finish in Croke Park on September 12th.

There are 12 teams in the All-Ireland Intermediate title-race including Antrim, last year’s losing finalists, and neighbours Derry whom they meet in the National League next weekend.

The 12 teams will be divided across three groups, each of four teams with two of the group winners progressing directly into the semi-finals on 28th/29th August. The third group winner plus those placed second in each group will go into the quarter-finals a week earlier.

There will also be relegation from the Intermediate championship between the teams placed fourth in each group.

The Premier Junior championship will see the 2020 champions Armagh defending their title against nine other competitors including beaten finalists Cavan and Reserve teams from both Down and Antrim.

Again the format and time-line are similar to the senior and intermediate competitions. The draws for all three competitions will take place in the next couple of weeks.

The draws for the Tesco minor and under 16 All-Ireland championships have already taken place and Derry and Antrim are grouped together in both with just one other team (Meath at under 16 and Westmeath at Minor). Two teams progress into semi-finals from the group.

The under 16B championship get under way in just over three weeks with Antrim and Derry meeting on Sunday 13th June in the first round.

At the moment Antrim have no under 16 management in place and have placed a notice on social media asking for anyone interested to contact the County Development Officer Rachel Neeson who was involved in the management team last year.

Up until this weekend under age county development squads and teams were not allowed to meet up. So in many ways the new management will not be at a huge disadvantage – provided they are in place quite quickly.

The competition is run off quickly as well with two teams qualifying from each of the two groups for the semi-finals on 11th July and the final is a week later.

Antrim and Derry kick-start the All-Ireland Minor B championship on July 25th with a Round One game at an Antrim venue. Westmeath is the third team in their group with two teams qualifying for the semi-finals on 21st August with the final a fortnight later.

There is a manager in place here, but the county would also be interested in recruiting a coach as well to help prepare the team.

All-Ireland Intermediate Championship

12 teams-3 groups of 4, Draw for group winners- 2 will go into Semis and 1 to Quarters along with group runners up.

Relegation applies: 1 relegated – Draw between the bottom 3 teams, winner is safe, other 2 playoff.

Teams; Antrim, Carlow, Cork, Derry, Dublin, Galway, Kerry, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Meath, Tipperary

Saturday 24thJuly 2021 – Round 1

Sat 31st July 2021 – Round 2

Saturday 7th August 2021 – Round 3

Saturday 14th August 2021 – Back matches and relegation matches

Sat/Sun 21st /22nd August 2021 – Quarter Finals

Sat/Sun 28th /29th August 2021 – Semi-finals

Saturday/Sunday 4th/5th September 2021 – Back matches

Sunday 12th September 2021 – All-Ireland Intermediate Final

Saturday/Sunday 18th /19th September 2021 – All-Ireland Final replays

All-Ireland Premier Junior Championship

10 teams; 2 groups of 3, 1 group of 4. Draw for group winners- 2 will go into Semis and 1 to Quarters along with group runners up.


Teams; Antrim, Armagh, Cavan, Clare, Down, Kildare, Limerick, Roscommon, Waterford, Wexford

Saturday 24th July 2021 – Round 1

Sat 31st July 2021 – Round 2

Saturday 7th August 2021 – Round 3

Saturday 14th August 2021 – Back matches

Sat/Sun 21st /22nd August 2021 – Quarter Finals

Sat/Sun 28th /29th August 2021 – Semi-finals

Saturday/Sunday 4th/5th September 2021 – Back matches

Sunday 12th September 2021 – All-Ireland Premier Junior Final

Saturday/Sunday 18th /19th September 2021 – All-Ireland Final replays

Minor B Championship
7 teams- 1 groups of 4 and 1 group of 3. Top 2 to semi-finals

Group 1                      Group 2

Antrim                         Carlow
Derry                           Kildare
Westmeath                 Laois
                                    Offaly

Sun 25th July 2021 Round 1 – Round 1: Antim v Derry

Sunday 1st August 2021 – Round 2 Derry v Westmeath

Sunday 8th August 2021 Round 3 Westmeath v Antrim

Sunday 15th August 2021 – Back matches

Sat/Sun 21st /22nd August 2021 – Semi-finals

Sat/Sun 28th/29th August 2021– Minor B Final

Saturday/Sunday 4th/5th September 2021 – Minor B Final Replay

U 16 B
7 teams- 1 groups of 4 and 1 group of 3. Top 2 to semi-finals

Group 1                      Group 2

Antrim                         Carlow
Derry                           Laois
Meath                         Offaly
                                    Kildare


Sunday 13th June 2021 Round 1 – Antrim v Derry

Sunday 20th June 2021 Round 2 – Derry v Meath

Sunday 27th June 2021 Round 3 – Meath v Antrim

Sunday 4th July 2021 – Back matches

Sunday 11th July 2021 – Semi-finals

Sunday 18th July 2021 – U 16 B Final

Sunday 25th July 2021 – U16 B Final replay

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