Carlow and Kilkennys Under 17’s are in action today in the inaugural Celtic Challenge.
Kilkenny South take on Waterford City at 7.30pm in Nowlan Park.
Carlow play South Tipperary in the Netwatch training centre in Fenagh at the same time.
Info on the competition
The Celtic Challenge is the only competition in hurling that has teams from all 31 counties participating and, in total, 110 games will be provided to over 1,000 players on 38 teams.
- The Celtic Challenge is a competition for players, aged 16 and 17 years old, who are not participating in State Examinations during May and June 2016. 38 teams will participate in the competition.
- The programme will run from Wednesday 4th May to Saturday 18th June 2016.
- The ethos of the competition is a developmental one, where a 7 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, Qualifiers and Play Offs.
- The Group Stages will consist of 7 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 5 Divisions prior to participating in the Qualifiers and Play-Offs where they will play against opposition of a comparative developmental level.
- 5 Finals will be played on Saturday June 18th, 2016.