Bord na Mona O’Byrne Cup 2012: Preview & fixtures dates

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Updated: January 2, 2012

All eyes will be on All Ireland Champions, Dublin when the 2012 Bord na Mona O’Byrne Cup competition gets under way on the 8th of January. The Dubs have been drawn away to Carlow whilst holders Kildare will face one of the four college sides who have joined the race for the O’Byrne Cup.

In their new strategic plan – ” Blue Wave” – launched earlier in the week, the Dublin County Board have set achievable targets for the county’s hurlers and footballers including winning the Sam Maguire Cup every three years, the Liam McCarthy Cup every five years, winning the Minor titles in both hurling and football every three years and other underage champion crowns every five years.

So getting the new season off to a winning start would be a good start especially since it would be their first such title in four years . In last year’s competition, when much favoured to take the crown , they went under to a determined Westmeath side . True they later annexed the O’Byrne Shield for first round losers. But after an autumn and early Winter of celebrations will they be ready for January 8th?

For most of the teams in the competition – ( fixtures, dates and venues were announced by the Leinster Council) it is an excellent opportunity to introduce ‘new blood’ before the Allianz League and the Leinster Championships get under way but it will be surprising if Dublin do not field an experimental side, at least in the early rounds of the Cup (or Shield).

The O’Byrne Cup, ( Corn Uí Bhroin) was first contested in 1954, when Offaly won the trophy. The competition is named after former Wicklow County Board official, Matt O’Byrne . Participants include the twelve county teams and four further education colleges, DIT , UCD, DCU and Athlone I.T. Current titleholders Kildare defeated Louth in the 2011 final on a scoreline of 3-09 to 2-09, and with the aid of two injury time goals.An agonising defeat for the Louth men.

Kildare have annexed the trophy on no less than 9 occasions (1962, 1968, 1970, 1973, 1976, 1982, 1989, 2003, 2011) with Meath having won 8 times (1967, 1974, 1977, 1983, 1992, 2001, 2004, 2006) and then Dublin who have taken the trophy home 7 times (1956, 1958, 1960, 1966, 1999, 2007, 2008). Kilkenny are the only Leinster county not to have won the crown which was won in 2010, for the first time ever, by an educational establishment D.C.U

As for 2012, it would be a brave (or foolish) pundit who would put much money on any county, without at least knowing the team squads but I go for Kildare to repeat last year’s win with Meath, Dublin and D.C.U as strong contenders.

2012 O’Byrne cup fixtures dates

O’BYRNE CUP SENIOR FOOTBALL 2012.
> 1. Meath v Wexford
> 8.1.2012
> Navan
>
> 2. Louth v Kilkenny
> 8.1.2012
> Drogheda
>
> 3. Wicklow v College
> 8.1.2012
> Aughrim
>
> 4. Longford v College
> 8.1.2012
> Longford
>
> 5. Kildare v College
> 8.1.2012
> Newbridge
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> 6. Offaly v Westmeath
> 8.1.2012
> Tullmore
>
> 7. Carlow v Dublin
> 8.1.2012
> Carlow
>
> 8. Laois v College
> 8.1.2012
> Portlaoise
>
> 9. 1 v 2
> 15.1.2012
> Home Venue 1
>
> 10. 3 v 4
> 15.1.2012
> Home Venue 3
>
> 11. 5 v 6
> 15.1.2012
> Home Venue 5
>
> 12. 7 v 8
> 15.1.2012
> Home Venue 6
>
> 13. 9 v 10
> 22.1.2012
> Home Venue 9
>
> 14. 11 v 12
> 22.1.2012
> Home Venue 11
>
> CRAOBH : 13 v 14
> 29.1.2012
> Home Venue 13
>
> O’BYRNE CUP SENIOR FOOTBALL SHIELD 2012.
> DATES VENUES TIME
> A. Loser 1 v Losers 2
> 15.1.2012
>
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> B. Loser 3 v Loser 4
> 15.1.2012
>
>
> C. Loser 5 v Loser 6
> 15.1.2012
>
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> D. Loser 7 v Loser 8
> 15.1.2012
>
>
> E. A v B
> 22.1.2012
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> F. C v D
> 22.1.2012
>
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> CRAOBH FINAL: E v F
> 29.1.2012

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