Limerick club hurling changes detailed

Jerome O’Connell

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Jerome O’Connell

Limerick GAA delegates voted in favour of massive changes to the structure of hurling championships in the county. LeaderSport explains what all it means.

Limerick GAA delegates voted in favour of massive changes to the structure of hurling championships in the county. LeaderSport explains what all it means.

ALL of a sudden next Tuesday night’s draw for the 2013 Limerick SHC and IHC have taken on a fresh importance.

And, it could very well take until those draws are complete for the magnitude of the new changes to become wholly apparent to all involved.

In many ways 2013 will be a ‘grading’ year.

Of course there will be county titles on offer and they are not to belittled, but some will be looking over their shoulder as to where they will find themselves next season.

And, the answer for many will be relegation.

And, that’s why the backers of ‘Lifting the Treaty 2’ appealed to club delegates to be “brave” in their vote to radically change the structures of the Limerick SHC and IHC.

Change was passed, but what does it mean?

2013 Limerick SHC

THE format remains unchanged - four groups of four.

But four teams will be relegated to the new Premier Intermediate grade in 2014.

As usual the top two teams will contest the county quarter-final.

But it will get really interesting for the eight teams that don’t make the quarter-finals.

They will play off in the quarter-finals of the County Cup with the four losers being relegated to the Premier IHC in 2014.

2013 Limerick IHC

THE format remains unchanged - four groups of four.

However, there will be no promotion for the championship winners, although they will proceed to represent Limerick in the Munster IHC.

All four of the semi-finalists will be ‘promoted’ to the new Premier Intermediate grade in 2014.

The remaining 12 teams, minus the relegated team to the JAHC, will contest the 2014 Limerick IHC.

As usual, one team will be relegated to the 2014 JAHC.

2014 Limerick SHC

THIS will consist of 12 teams - two groups of six, guaranteeing five championship games.

The top team in each group will qualify for the semi-final.

The second placed team will qualify for a quarter-final against the third placed team in the opposite group.

The fourth and five placed teams will contest the County Cup semi-finals.

The bottom team in each group is relegated to the Premier Intermediate Championship.

2014 Premier Intermediate

THIS will consist of one group of eight teams - guaranteeing seven championship games.

The eight will be the four sides relegated from the 2013 Limerick SHC and the four semi-finalists in the 2013 Limerick IHC.

In the 2014 Premier Intermediate championship, the top four sides will qualify for the semi-finals.

Both county finalists will be promoted to the Limerick SHC.

The bottom two teams will be relegated to the Limerick IHC.

The winner of the Premier Intermediate grade will represent Limerick in the Munster IHC.

2014 Limerick IHC

THIS will consist of 12 teams, divided into two groups of six.

This is effectively the third tier of the Limerick hurling championship but the winner’s won’t progress into any Munster championship.

Eleven of the teams would be those that didn’t reach the 2013 Limerick IHC semi-finals, minus the team that was relegated.

Completing the 12 teams will be the 2013 Limerick JAHC winners.

In the 2014 Limerick IHC the top team in each group will advance to the semi-finals.

The second and third placed teams will contest the quarter-finals.

The bottom team in each group will be relegated to junior A championship for the following year.

Meaning that from 2014 onwards both finalists in the county JAHC would be promoted.

The JAHC winner will continue to represent Limerick in the Munster championship.