Fixtures Released For 2017 Bord Na Móna O'Byrne Cup23 Nov 2016
ANDY McEntee’s first game in charge of Meath football will be a home clash with Wicklow in the Bord na Móna O’Byrne Cup on January 8. The dates and pairings for the 2017 Bord na Móna Leinster GAA Series were agreed last night with all eyes on the new managers who will take up the reins across Leinster GAA in the New Year.
Defending O’Byrne Cup champions Meath are in a tough group with Wicklow, Laois and students DIT as McEntee embarks on a new era following the departure of Mick O’Dowd at the end of last season. Laois, of course, also have a new manager for 2017 with Peter Creedon at the helm.
Meanwhile, All-Ireland and Leinster champions Dublin have been pitted against DCU, Wexford and UCD with Jim Gavin expected to feature an experimental selection as he again loses a large chunk of players to Third Level teams.
Dublin’s clash away against Wexford on January 15 will see them renew rivalry with Seamus ‘Banty’ McEnaney who was last in action against the Dubs while he was manager of Meath in 2011 and 2012. It is also a potential forerunner of events later next summer with Dublin drawn to play either Carlow or Wexford in a Leinster SFC quarter final in Portlaoise or Wexford next June.
Longford were the only team to inflict a competitive defeat on Dublin in 2016, toppling them in the Bord na Móna O’Byrne Cup semi-finals, and they are grouped with Kildare, Offaly and IT Carlow in another testing selection. Westmeath, Louth, Carlow and Maynooth University make up the fourth competitive group.
The competition begins on Sunday, January 8, 2017 with another round played under lights on Wednesday night with the final round the following Sunday.It will represent the first time in 2017 that inter county players get to grips with the introduction of the Mark in Gaelic football while it has also been decided that there will be no limit on the number of substitutions allowed.
Leinster GAA is delighted to announce an agreement with Bord na Móna to extend their sponsorship of the Leinster GAA Series for a further three years up until after the 2019 competition.Fixtures for Laois
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