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Under 17 move for Minor championship

For the first time the County Minor Championship will be played as an Under 17 competition - which could be seen as a backwards step

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Spectators use hand sanitiser on their arrival into the ground prior to the Kerry County Senior Club Football Championship Group 1 Round 1 match between Kenmare Shamrocks and Kerins O’Rahillys at Fitzgerald Stadium. Photo by Brendan Moran / Sportsfile

Spectators use hand sanitiser on their arrival into the ground prior to the Kerry County Senior Club Football Championship Group 1 Round 1 match between Kenmare Shamrocks and Kerins O’Rahillys at Fitzgerald Stadium. Photo by Brendan Moran / Sportsfile

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Spectators use hand sanitiser on their arrival into the ground prior to the Kerry County Senior Club Football Championship Group 1 Round 1 match between Kenmare Shamrocks and Kerins O’Rahillys at Fitzgerald Stadium. Photo by Brendan Moran / Sportsfile

The first thing to say is that this year's Minor County Championship will be appreciably different from that of previous years, even allowing for the changes brought about by the pandemic.

This year's competition will be a Under 17 Championship, while the County League remains Under 18 until next year, when it too will change.

Central Council of the GAA have been pushing hard for a transition to odd ages (i.e. U17, U15, U13 as opposed to U18, U16, U14, and U12) for several years now. Every county has mooted this and, it would be fair to say, it's not exactly been welcomed with open arms by everybody directly involved at club or district level.