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Cork v Kerry in this year's Munster GAA Football Senior Championship Final

Cork v Kerry in this year's Munster GAA Football Senior Championship Final

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Cork v Kerry in this year's Munster GAA Football Senior Championship Final

KERRY and Cork last night supported a motion to get rid of their own advantage in the Munster Senior Football Championship draw.

The controversial decision to introduce seeding this season, which meant Munster's 'Big Two' could not meet until the provincial final, had infuriated the rest of the province.

Tipperary, Limerick, Waterford and Clare met in a Tipperary hotel six weeks ago to put together a plan to change the format and their motion was unanimously backed last night.

Under the new system, Kerry and Cork could yet avoid one another until the final in 2015 but could also meet in a semi-final.

The motion that was passed retains an element of seeding. It gives the previous year's finalists - Cork and Kerry this season - a bye to the following year's semi-finals.

The four remaining counties will meet in round one, with the pairings determined by an open draw. The two winners will qualify for the semi-finals when a second draw will take place.

That means that Cork and Kerry could, potentially, meet in a semi-final next summer.

Munster's traditionally weaker counties argued that this year's format lessened their chance of making a Munster final and withdrew from the McGrath Cup in protest.

Irish Independent