GAA Football

Dr McKenna Cup could be played without universities after Sigerson switch

The Dr McKenna Cup could go ahead without the university sides in 2020 after the Sigerson Cup was brought forward. Picture by Margaret McLaughlin
Neil Loughran

THE 2020 Dr McKenna Cup could be played without the university sides as a result of the chase for the Sigerson Cup being brought forward.

The colleges’ competition traditionally begins around the end of January, but is set to get under way on January 12 next year while the McKenna Cup would be ongoing.

The Sigerson has also returned to a straight knockout format, following the introduction of a back door this year.

As a result, members of Ulster GAA’s Competitions Control Committee (CCC) have been presented with two options regarding the Dr McKenna Cup.

* Option one is effectively counties only - provisional dates would be December 29, January 4/5, January 8, semi-finals on January 12, final on January 18/19. 

* Option two includes universities - provisional dates would be December 14/15, Wednesday, December 18, Sunday, December 29, semi-finals on January 4/5, final on January 11/12. December 21-28 inclusive is a closed period.

It is understood that some county bosses are concerned about the possibility of being left searching for challenge matches ahead of the start of the National League, in the event of an early exit from the pre-season competition.

A decision will be made at the next Ulster CCC meeting on October 22.

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