GAA reveal new Celtic Challenge competition for non-exam students
It starts next month17:33 Tuesday 19 April 2016, 17:33 19 Apr 2016
The GAA has revealed the details of a new national hurling competition that will cater for 16 and 17 year-olds who aren't sitting State Examinations this summer.
The Celtic Challenge will start next month and will feature a total of 38 teams from across 31 counties.
It will include county as well as regional sides that will take part across seven groups that are determined on a geographical and developmental basis.
There will be 1,000 players involved in a programme of 110 matches that take place over seven weeks.
The competition will also feature a bonus-point system for the group stages with teams earning a bonus point if they score two or more goals or if they lose a match by five points or less.
"I believe our young players will embrace the Celtic Challenge as a chance to showcase their skill and to test themselves against their peers. This represents a new departure for hurling and will see an increase of almost 100 extra games being played with more than 800 additional players being involved," said GAA president Aogán Ó Fearghail.
The full list of the 38 teams taking part in the Celtic Challenge 2016 is:
Galway City/West, Leitrim, Mayo, North Galway, Roscommon, Sligo, Carlow Dublin – Clarke, Dublin – Plunkett, Dublin – Pearse, Kildare, Laois, Longford, Louth, Meath, North Wexford, Offaly, South Kilkenny, South Wexford, Westmeath, Wicklow, Cork City, Kerry, Limerick City, North Clare, South/East Clare, North Cork, South Tipperary, Waterford City, West Limerick, Antrim, Armagh, Cavan, Derry, Down, Donegal, Monaghan, Tyrone.
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