The draw for the Derry championships will be made next Tuesday night (8.15) in Owenbeg. This year there will be a more interesting angle with the senior football championship reverting to straight knock out.
Last year Derry and Ulster Champions Slaughtneil lost to Lavey in the round one but the Emmets followed Loup's 2009 path and won the John McLaughlin Cup via the 'back door' route.
This year the safety net has gone and there is interesting addition. Glenullin who were relegated last season have applied to join, bringing the total to seventeen teams so a preliminary round will be required.
The Intermediate championship will again have a different group format that will replace the previous qualifier system.