U-20 Championship semi-finals

01 August, 2019

Hurlers at the grand canal

The Bord Gáis Energy GAA Hurling All-Ireland U-20 Championship reaches semi-finals stage 

Ger Cunningham and Joe Canning announced as judges for Bord Gáis Energy U-20 Player of the Year Award

Down will play Kerry in the ‘B’ Championship decider

The 2019 Bord Gáis Energy GAA Hurling U-20 All-Ireland Championship has reached its concluding stages with just three games remaining until we know who the inaugural winners of the competition since its regrade from U-21 level are known.

Leinster champions Kilkenny take on Munster runners-up Cork while Tipperary, who recently added Munster honours at U-20 level to last year’s U-21 All-Ireland success, face beaten Leinster finalists Wexford.

Kilkenny meet Cork at O’Moore Park, Portlaoise on Saturday, August 3rd with a 2pm throw-in time. Tipperary versus Wexford will be played at 1.45pm on Sunday, August 4th at Nowlan Park, Kilkenny. Both games will be shown live on TG4.

Kilkenny’s Adrian Mullen, Cork’s Brian Turnbull, Tipperary’s Paddy Cadell and Wexford’s Charlie McGuickan were in Dublin today to look ahead to the semi-finals. They were joined by Kerry’s Adam O’Sullivan and Down’s Ruairí McCrickard. Kerry and Down meet in the ‘B’ Championship final which will be played as a curtain raiser to the Meath v Kerry Super 8s senior football game in Navan on Saturday, August 3rd (3.45pm).

Also in attendance at today’s preview event were long-term Bord Gáis Energy Ambassadors Ger Cunningham and Joe Canning. Joe and Ger were on hand to announce they will act as judges to select the Bord Gáis Energy U-20 Player of the Year and ‘B’ Player of the Year, which will be selected after the All-Ireland final on August 24th. Tipperary’s Ger Brown won the Player of the Year award in the final year at the U21 grade in 2018, while Kerry’s Shane Conway scooped the ‘B’ Player of the Year award last year.

Bord Gáis Energy Retail Director, Colin Bebbington said: “Bord Gáis Energy has a long and proud association with the GAA and particularly hurling.  Now in our eleventh year as title sponsor of the Bord Gáis Energy GAA U-20 Hurling All-Ireland Championship, we’re delighted to have seen this Championship grow from strength-to-strength and are extremely proud to have played a part in its continued success.

Over the past decade, our partnership with the GAA has enabled us to make a positive difference in communities right across the country. We know our customers love Gaelic Games and through the Bord Gáis Energy Rewards Club, we can put our customers at the core of the action whether that’s through presenting Man of the Match awards or welcoming the players to the pitch as flag bearers.”

Fans can visit instagram.com/bgegaa for news, behind-the-scenes content and competitions over throughout the summer. Follow #HurlingToTheCore for more.

Hurling GIF Library

Bord Gáis Energy has also has created the first ever dedicated Hurling GIF and Sticker Library.

Hurling fans can access over 180 GIFs and stickers to use on social media posts around the upcoming provincial finals. The Bord Gáis Energy Hurling Gif library includes player reaction stickers, county stickers, match clip GIFs and some of the most common phrases you tend to hear at GAA grounds over the summer.

For easy access, GIFs and Stickers are available in county specific folders:

Tipperary - giphy.com/stories/tipperary-a4ce5049-059b

Cork - giphy.com/stories/cork-c97f429e-d753

Kilkenny - giphy.com/stories/kilkenny-709edc66-a240

Wexford - giphy.com/stories/wexford-344414f8-f32e


For More Information:

Seán O’Brien / sean.obrien@teneo.com / 0877554531

Niall Leyden / niall.leyden@teneo.com / 0877184508

Notes to Editors:

Bord Gáis Energy GAA Hurling U-20 All-Ireland Championship:

‘B’ Final                                                         

Down v Kerry (15:45)                                       03 August 2019           Páirc Tailteann, Navan

All Ireland Semi Finals

1. Kilkenny v Cork (14:00)                              03 August 2019           O’Moore Park, Portlaoise

2. Wexford v Tipperary (13:45)                     04 August 2019           Nowlan Park, Kilkenny

All Ireland Final 1 v 2                                      24 August 2019           TBC

Blue flame and writing "Bord Gáis Energy"