The Bank of Ireland Celtic Challenge

The Bank of Ireland Celtic Challenge The Bank of Ireland Celtic Challenge  is the only competition in hurling that has teams from all 32 counties participating. In 2016, a total of 38 teams with over 1,000 players played in the competition. During a 7 week period an incredible 118 games were played including 5 Divisional Finals. Further to a significant review of the competition the Bank of Ireland Celtic Challenge will grow even bigger for 2017 (see full Review Report). In total, 155 games will be provided to over 1,400 players on 47 teams.

The Bank of Ireland Celtic Challenge.  is a competition for players, aged 16 and 17 years old, who are not participating in State Examinations during May and June 2017. 47 teams will participate in the competition. The programme will run from Wednesday 3rd May to Saturday 24th June 2017.
The ethos of the competition is a developmental one, where an 8 week programme of meaningful games is supplemented by a 1 to 1 ratio of games to training. Each team will play a minimum of 5 games through a programme that is structured on the basis of Group Stages, Preliminaries (Quarter-Finals) and Play-Offs (Semi-Finals). The Group Stages will consist of 8 Groups of teams selected on a geographical and developmental basis. Matches at the Group Stages will be played on Wednesdays.
After the Group Stages, teams will be graded on foot of their performance and will be assigned to 1 of 6 Divisions prior to participating in the Preliminaries (Quarter-Finals) and Play-Offs (Semi-Finals) where they will play against opposition of a comparative developmental level.
6 Finals will be played on Saturday June 24th, 2017.

For a full overview of the operation of the competition please see the Operations Manual available to download here: Click here to download Click here to download Celtic Challenge Manual 2017

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The Bank of Ireland Celtic Challenge Group B

Clare South/East
West Cork
Kerry
Limerick City
West Limerick
North Cork

Wednesday, May 03, 2017
Round 1 – Austin Stack Park Kerry 0-6 v 4-16 North Cork Referee: Jason Mullins
Round 1 – Donoughmore West Cork 0-13 v 2-17 West Limerick Referee: Damian Fox
Round 1 – Clareabbey South/East Clare 1-18 v 0-15 Limerick City

Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Round 2 – North Cork 1-15 v 1-15 South/East Clare Referee: Michael Sexton
Round 2 – Limerick City 1-7 v 2-10 West Cork Referee: Nathan Wall
Round 2 – Newcastlewest West Limerick 19:30 Kerry Referee: Joseph Mullins

Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Round 3 – Gaelic Grounds, Limerick Limerick City 1-21 v 4-11 North Cork
Round 3 – Cratloe South/East Clare 1-24 v 1-14 West Limerick
Round 3 – Cloughduv West Cork 4-13 v 1-7 Kerry

Saturday, May 27, 2017
Round 4 – Mallow West Cork 14:00 South/East Clare
Round 4 – Abbeydorney Kerry 14:30 Limerick City
Round 4 – Mallow North Cork 16:00 West Limerick

Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Round 5 – Mick Neville Park Rathkeale South/East Clare 19:30 Kerry
Round 5 – Gaelic Grounds, Limerick Limerick City 19:30 West Limerick
Round 5 – Ballincollig West Cork 19:30 North Cork

Celtic Challenge Group B

Pos Team P W D L F A Pts
1 South/East Clare 3 2 1 0 66 50 20
2 West Cork 3 2 0 1 54 43 18
3 North Cork 3 1 1 1 69 48 14
4 West Limerick 3 1 0 2 53 63 12
5 Limerick City 3 1 0 2 49 60 12
6 Kerry 3 1 0 2 39 66 12

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The Bank of Ireland Celtic Challenge Group E

Waterford City/East
South Tipperary
Cork East
Cork City
West Waterford
Limerick South/East

Wednesday, May 03, 2017
Round 1 Cork City 1-8 v 2-17  East Cork Referee: Chris Broderick
Round 1 – Kilbreedy Limerick South/East 2-12 v 2-11 West Waterford
Round 1 – St. Mollerans East Waterford 3-10 v 1-19 South Tipperary Referee: Simon Stokes

Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Round 2 – Walsh Park West Waterford 2-14 v 0-15 East Waterford Referee: Simon Stokes
Round 2 – Fermoy Limerick South/East 3-9 v 4-28 East Cork Referee: John McCormack
Round 2 – Cashel, Tipperary South Tipperary 5-19 v 0-7 Cork City Referee: Thomas Walsh

Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Round 3 – Fermoy East Cork 3-16 v 0-18 South Tipperary
Round 3 – Cahir East Waterford 2-16 v 0-17 Limerick South/East
Round 3 – Sarsfields Cork City 1-12 v 0-20 West Waterford

Saturday, May 27, 2017
Round 4 – Dungarvan East Waterford 14:00 Cork City
Round 4 – Gaelic Grounds, Limerick Limerick South/East 14:30 South Tipperary
Round 4 – Dungarvan West Waterford 16:00 East Cork

Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Round 5 – Dungarvan East Cork 19:30 East Waterford
Round 5 – Lismore West Waterford 19:30 South Tipperary
Round 5 – Fermoy Limerick South/East 19:30 Cork City

Celtic Challenge Group E

Pos Team P W D L F A Pts
1 East Cork 3 3 0 0 88 47 24
2 South Tipperary 3 2 0 1 74 51 18
3 West Waterford 3 2 0 1 57 48 18
4 East Waterford 3 1 0 2 56 59 12
5 Limerick South/East 3 1 0 2 53 79 12
6 Cork City 3 0 0 3 33 77 6

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The Bank of Ireland Celtic Challenge is a developmental hurling competition for 16 and 17 year old players who are not participating in State Examinations during the months of May and June 2017. Through the Celtic Challenge, players aged 16 and 17 years of age will be provided with a 7 week programme of meaningful, pre-scheduled games including six finals that will be played on Saturday 24th June. The programme is scheduled at a time of year where there is minimum interruption to Club or County Fixtures i.e. between 3rd May and 24th June.

  • The programme will run from Wednesday 3rd May to Saturday 24th June 2017.
  • The ethos of the competition is a developmental one, where an 8 week programme of meaningful games is supplemented by a 1 to 1 ratio of games to training.
  • 47 teams will participate in the competition. Each team will play a minimum of 5 games through a programme that is structured on the basis of Group Stages, Preliminary Rounds and Play Offs.
  • The Group Stages will consist of 8 Groups of teams selected on a geographical and developmental basis. It is recommended that matches at the Group Stages will be played on Wednesdays on a home and away basis, if possible.
  • After the Group Stages, teams will be graded based on their performance and will be assigned to 1 of 6 Divisions for the Preliminary Rounds and Play-Offs where they will play magainst opposition of a comparative developmental level.
  • 6 Finals will be played on Saturday June 24th 2017:
  • Division 1 – Corn Michael Hogan
  • Division 2 – Corn John Scott
  • Division 3 – Corn William Robinson
  • Division 4 – Corn Jerome O’Leary
  • Division 5 – Corn Michael Feery
  • Division 6 – Corn Tom Hogan

Munster Teams
Cork City
East Cork
Kerry
Limerick City
Limerick South/East
North Clare
South/East Clare
North Cork
North Tipperary
South Tipperary
Waterford City
West Limerick
West Cork
West Waterford

Structure
Each team will play a minimum of 5 games through a programme that is structured on the basis
of Group Stages, Preliminary Rounds, Play-Offs and five Finals.

For the Group Stages, the teams will be divided into 8 groups having regard for developmental
and geographic considerations:

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