# Championship draw details

SEVENTEEN TEAMS will take part in this year's Senior football championship instead of the usual sixteen over recent years.

The teams are divided up into four groups as usual, each headed by one of last year's semi-finalists, but one group - group 3 - will have five teams instead of four.

After the draws were made on Monday night, conventional wisdom was that it will be hard for the other teams to stop the same four teams making it to the last four in 2011, but therein lies the challenge for the other participants.

An Tochar have the most unenviable championship opener as they are pitted against reigning champions Rathnew who will start as the favourites to retain their title.

Group one: (1) St. Patrick's, (2) Dunlavin, (3) Stratford, (4) Annacurra.

Group two: (1) Rathnew, (2) An Tochar, (3) Carnew Emmets, (4) Donard-Glen.

Group three: (1) Baltinglass (2), AGB, (3) Newtown, (4) Hollywood, (5) Kiltegan.

Group four: (1) Blessington, (2) Bray Emmets, (3) Tinahely, (4) St. Mary's (a group team made up of players from Coolkenno and Shillelagh).

Draws for groups 1, 2 and 4: 1v 2 and 3 v 4; 2 v 3 and 4 v 1; 1 v 3 and 2 v 4.

Draw for group 3: 1 v 4, 2 v 5 (3 bye); 1 v 3 and 4 v 2 (5); 2 v 1 and 5 v 3 (4); 2 v 3 and 4 v 5 (1); 1 v 5 and 3 v 4 (2).

The Keating Trophy is comprised of teams from the four groups who do not make it to the championship quarterfinals.

As well as playing for the subsidiary senior trophy, these teams will also be playing down to decide which teams will be relegated.

Because there are 17 teams in this year's championship, there will be a slight variation from other years.

For instance three teams from group three instead of two will go into the Keating Trophy. Group four is more complicated.

As a group team St. Mary's will not be eligible for the Keating trophy.

So if St. Mary's finish in the bottom two in the group, only one team will enter the Keating Trophy competition, but if St. Mary's qualify for the championship quarter-finals, then the usual two teams from the group will go into the Keating Trophy, which will then have nine teams instead of eight.

INTERMEDIATE FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP: First round draw - Shillelagh v. Eire Og, Avondale v. Kilbride, Ashford v. Coolkenno, Coolboy v. Ballymanus, Aughrim v. Kilcoole, Ballinacor v. Valleymount.

In accordance with an Aughrim motion passed at convention, this year there will be a qualifier group for the first round losers, giving teams a second chance saloon.

There will be two rounds in the losers group, the first between four of the teams; the second round between the winners and the other two teams.

At the end of that there will be two teams still standing and they will go back into the championship proper, joining the other six first round winners in the quarter-finals.

JUNIOR A FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP: Group one: (1) Rathnew, (2) Kiltegan, (3) Enniskerry, (4) Newcastle, (5) Knockananna, (6) Laragh.

Group two: (1) Kilmacanogue, (2) St. Patrick's, (3) Eire Og, (4) Blessington, (5) Bray Emmets, (6) Baltinglass.

Draws for each of the groups: 1 v 2, 3 v 4, 5 v 6; 4 v 5, 2 v 3, 6 v 1; 3 v 1, 5 v 2, 4 v 6; 2 v 4, 1 v 5, 6 v 3; 5 v 3, 4 v 1, 2 v 6.

JUNIOR B FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP: First round: (a) St. Patrick's v. Kilcoole, (b) Tinahely v. Dunlavin, (c) Newtown v. An Tochar, (d) Bray Emmets v Barndarrig, (e) Avondale v. Donard-Glen, (f) Lacken v. Hollywood, (g) Avoca v. Baltinglass, (h) AGB v Carnew Emmets.

Quarter-finals: (w) A v F, (x) D v E, (y) H v G, (z) B v C. Semi-finals: Z v W, X v Y.

JUNIOR C FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP: Preliminary match - (a) Stratford v Fergal Og.

First round: (b) An Tochar v A, (c) Coolboy v.Valleymount, (d) Kiltegan v. Annacurra, (e) Ballinacor v. Rathnew, (f) Eire Og v. Kilbride, (g) Coolkenno v Aughrim, (h) Ballymanus v. Blessington, (i) Knockananna v. Ashford.

Quarter-finals: (w) B v E, (x) I v D, (y) H v C, (z) G v F. Semi-finals: X v W, Y v Z.

SENIOR HURLING LEAGUE: (1) Carnew, (2) Arklow Rock Parnells, (3) Kiltegan (4) Avondale, (5) Glenealy, (6) Bray Emmets. First round: 1 v 2, 3 v 4, 5 v 6. Second round: 4 v 5, 2 v 3, 6 v 1. Remaining rounds to be posted up on GAA website.

INTERMEDIATE HURLING CHAMPIONSHIP: (1) Eire Og, (2) Carnew Emmets, (3) St. Patrick's, (4) Glenealy, (5) Kilcoole. First round: 1 v 3, 4 v 2 (5 bye).

JUNIOR HURLING CHAMPIONSHIP: Fergal Og, KilmacEnniskerry, Carnew Emmets, Western Gaels, Kiltegan, Bray Emmets, Glenealy, Eire Og, Arklow Rock Parnells, Avondale, Barndarrig.