THE draws venues for the Munster sections of the GUI Cups and Shields have been decided for 2012 at a recent meeting of the officials of the Munster Branch and as always there are some very interesting clashes in the opening rounds.
Most clubs are having their AGMS around now and new committees are being formed with new Captains in power who will appoint new team managers for next year.
So in order to prepare well in advance for going into battle, The Kerryman is delighted to bring you all the 2012 fixtures.
JIMMY BRUEN SHIELD
The Jimmy Bruen Shield gets the action underway at both Newcastlewest and Castleisland on the weekend of May 12 and 13.
Beginning at Newcastwest on Saturday morning where in the opening round Ballybunion take on the host club, Ballyheigue play Listowel, Kanturk meet Ardfert and Castlegregory meet Beaufort. The four winning teams go into Sunday morning's semi-finals and the final will take place on Sunday afternoon.
At Castleisland on Saturday morning the hosts play Dooks with the winners meeting Doneraile in the afternoon. Tralee play Killorglin with the winners taking on Waterville, Kenmare and Bantry have a bye and will play eachother in the afternoon's second round and Killarney take on Ceann Sibeal with the winners meeting Glengarriff in round two. The semifinals and final will take place on Sunday.
PIERCE PURCELL CUP
Next up is the Pierce Purcell on the weekend of May 26 and 27 at Skellig Bay and Tralee.
Beginning down south, the host club take on Beaufort and the winners will play Killorglin in round two. Killarney face Kenmare with Bantry Bay awaiting the winners in the afternoon. Dooks and Ross have byes and meet in round two while Waterville meet Ring of Kerry for the right to play Glengarriff in the afternoon.
At Tralee the home side meet neighbours Ballyheigue with Ceann Sibeal awaiting the outcome. Listowel take on Ardfert for the right to play Doneraile in round two.
Ballybunion and Castleisland have byes and meet in round two while Newcastlewest face Castlegregory for the right to meet Kanturk.
The Barton Shield is the next event down for decision and that takes place at Doneraile on the weekend of June 9 and 10 where the host club are first into action against Newcastlewest with Bantry Bay awaiting the winners in the next round.
Kanturk take on Tralee and the winners meet Glengarriff, Killarney face Dooks and the winners play Waterville and finally at the bottom of the draw, Ballybunion play Castleisland and the winners meet Ceann Sibeal.
IRISH MIXED FOURSOMES
The Irish Mixed Foursomes gets underway the following weekend June 16 and 17 at Ballybunion's Old course and at Kenmare. Beginning in Ballybunion, the home side face Tralee with Ardfert awaiting the outcome, Ballyheigue meet Castlegregory with Castleisland as round two opponents, Ceann Sibeal and Newcastlewest have byes to round two and Kanturk play Abbeyfeale for the right to meet Doneraile in the afternoon.
At Kenmare the hosts play Dooks with Skellig Bay waiting for the outcome, Glengarriff play Parknasilla with Ross as the round two opponents, Killorglin and Bantry Bay clash in round two having received byes and Killarney take on Beaufort for the right to meet to meet Waterville.
The Junior Cup is next up at both Kanturk and Beaufort on the weekend og June 30 and July 1 and so let's begin in North Cork where the hosts play Castleisland.
Tralee face Newcastlewest, Doneraile meet Ballybunion and Castlegregory play Bantry Bay. The semi-finals are in the afternoon with the final scheduled for Sunday at 9am.
Meanwhile at Beaufort, Killorglin play Kenmare, Killarney meet Dooks, Ring of Kerry face Glengarriff and Waterville play Ceann Sibeal with round two in the afternoon and like Kanturk, the final will be at 9am on Sunday.
The following weekend July 7 and 8 the Senior Cup is pencilled in for the Ring of Kerry. As usual the host club are first into action and they play Killarney with Ballybunion waiting for the winners in round two. Bantry Bay and Kanturk have byes and face each other in round two as do Tralee and Doneraile and in the final game of round one, Dooks take on Glengarriff for the right to play Newcastlewest.
In events with two venues involved the winners from each venue will meet at a neutral venue to be announced and the Munster finals of each events take place as follows:
Bruen and Purcell Shields at Fota Island on July 15.
Barton Shield, Junior Cup and Senior Cup at Kinsale on the weekend of August 11 and 12.
Irish Mixed Foursomes at Youghal on August 18.