2018 GAA Championship Draw

It's a championship draw with a difference this year as we discover how the new format will work

Eamon Donoghue Thu, Oct 19
 
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  • 20:02
    Hello and Welcome . . . This evening we're covering the draw for the 2018 All-Ireland football provincial championships. Only a month ago Dublin lifted Sam Maguire for a third year running, but with this draw each county's individual roadmap for the upcoming season will start to take shape.

    It's set to be the most radical GAA season, perhaps ever, with the Super Eights round robin format replacing the All-Ireland football quarter-finals and replays being scrapped (other than in provincial and All-Ireland finals). In the hurling championship meanwhile the Leinster and Munster championships have also been been replaced by a league format.

    So this evening's draw will take care of all the football provincial fixtures. The qualifiers will be drawn out as the summer progresses (this year in open draws throughout), and the two groups of four in the Super Eights will emerge themselves from the provincial winners and qualifiers series.

    In the hurling there will be no live draw this evening, instead the CCCC will meet themselves to organise who plays whom in what order in the two provinces, and that schedule will be released during the show on RTE.

    And we are going to keep you updated and informed right here throughout. So, let's get started!
  • 20:11

    So before we get into any explaining, here is a link to Malachy Clerkin's in-depth explainer piece from today's Irish Times.

    And while we're at it, here's an in-depth explainer into exactly how the Super Eights is going to work and what it means.

  • 20:19

    Starting with the hurling championship:

    What do we already know?  

    In both the Munster and Leinster championships there will be five rounds of fixtures with two games in each round and one team in each province will have a bye each week.

    What we will find out tonight?  

    The CCCC will meet independent to the live show on RTE to organise who plays whom in what order and that schedule will be released during the show.

    What will we still not know?

    Because the CCCC hasn’t decided yet on how the games will be scheduled, no dates will be released during the show. There will be consultations with TV companies before the dates are decided upon. The draws for the qualifiers will take place as the summer progresses and the quarter-finals will take shape in respect of the qualifier and provincial winners.

  • 20:31

    Football championship:

    What do we already know?

    In Connacht, as per the rotational system, Leitrim will play New York (no longer preliminary) and Sligo will travel to London in the quarter-finals. Galway, Mayo and Roscommon are in the pot for the other quarter-final and the team that's left in the hat will go straight into a semi-final awaiting the other three winners.

    There will be an open draw in Ulster. The first two teams out will play a preliminary round fixture, the others go into the quarter finals.

    In Leinster, last year's semi-finalists (Kildare, Dublin, Meath and Westmeath) go straight into the quarter-finals. The rest will play first round fixtures.

    In Munster Cork and Kerry go direct into the semi-finals where they go into an open draw with the quarter-final winners.

    The qualifier draws (later in the summer) will be open draws, and the All-Ireland Super Eight groups will follow the usual annual rotation of which provinces are destined to meet each other in the semi-finals. Meaning Group One will be made up of the Munster and Connacht champions, along with the Ulster and Leinster runners-up or the respective teams who beat them in Round Four of the qualifiers.  

    Group Two, therefore, will be made up of the Ulster and Leinster champions, along with the Connacht and Munster runners-up or the teams who beat them in round four of the qualifiers. There will be two points for a win, one point for a draw. The winners of Group One will play the runners-up from Group Two in the semi-final, and vice-versa.

  • 20:33

    So let's get started. Munster first!

  • 20:35

    Munster football quarter-finals:

    Clare play Limerick

    Tipperary play Waterford

    Semi-finals

    Clare/Limerick play Kerry

    Tipperary/Waterford play Cork

  • 20:38

    Cork and Kerry last met in a Munster semi-final in 2012, and that won't be changing this summer. A very similar draw to last year.

    Reaction -

    Philip Austin (Tipperary): "This is the first year we've had a bit of luck with Stephen O'Brien back in the panel. So hopefully"

    Mark Collins (Cork): "The Munster final last year was very disappointing but there were a lot of positives to take from the Mayo defeat, especially with the young players standing up."

  • 20:40
  • 20:42

    Connacht football championship quarter-finals

    Mayo v Galway

    New York v Leitrim  

    London v Sligo

    Semi-finals

    New York/Leitrim v Roscommon

    Mayo/Galway v London/Sligo  

  • 20:44
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  • 20:45

    Roscommon are blessed. This year, like last year, the reigning champions will face Leitrim again in a semi-final.  

    Reaction:  

    Enda Smith (Roscommon): 'From a Roscommon perspective we'd be looking to make another Connacht final and see where we go from there."

    Sean Armstrong (Galway): "Mayo will be coming for revenge so we'll want to get our ducks in a row."

  • 20:51

    So for Galway or Mayo with Super Eights on their mind, the loser between that fixture could face seven fixtures before reaching an All-Ireland semi-final. Teams will be hoping to avoid that, although, if injuries can be avoided Mayo did show last year that nothing beats momentum (only Dublin).

    The draw is coming up in Ulster, and similarly the two teams drawn out first for the preliminary round will face a long summer if they were progress to an All-Ireland semi-final.

  • 20:57

    Ulster football preliminary round

    Donegal v Cavan

    Quarter-finals

    Derry v Donegal/Cavan

    Fermanagh v Armagh

    Tyrone v Monaghan

    Down v Antrim

    Semi-finals

    Down/Antrim v Derry/Donegal/Cavan

    Fermanagh/Armagh v Tyrone/Monaghan

  • 20:59

    Tyrone and Monaghan, now that'll be tasty.

    Reaction:

    Conor McManus (Monaghan): "If you're going to win Ulster you'll have to beat Tyrone. It's a tough draw."

  • 20:59
  • 21:07

    Leinster first round

    Laois v Wexford

    Louth v Carlow

    Offaly v Wicklow

    Quarter-finals

    Laois/Wexford v Westmeath  

    Louth/Carlow v Kildare

    Offaly/Wicklow v Dublin

    Longford v Meath

    Semi-finals

    Laois/Wexford/Westmeath v Louth/Carlow/Kildare

    Offaly/Wicklow/Dublin v Longford/Meath

  • 21:09

    So it looks like being another Kildare and Dublin final. Meath will most likely get a rattle at the Dubs in the semi-finals/

    Reaction

    Paul Flynn (Dublin): "With the Super Eights there will be more games and less training so we won't be complaining."

  • 21:13

    The four provincial draws set up the possibility of a repeat of all of this year's finals.

    Roscommon could face Galway again if the Tribesmen can overcome Mayo for a third year in a row.

    Down and Tyrone are on opposite sides of the draw in Ulster. Likewise for Cork and Kerry in Munster.

    While in Leinster Westmeath and Meath will look to spoil the party, but it looks like being Kildare v Dublin again.

  • 21:19
    Now for the hurling. The CCCC have met independent to the live show on RTE to organise who plays whom in what order. They are about to reveal that schedule to us. No dates will be revealed however, as they must consult with the TV companies to see the best way to run them off . . .
  • 21:27

    Leinster hurling

    Round 1

    Dublin v Kilkenny; Offaly v Galway

    Round 2  

    Kilkenny v Offaly; Wexford v Dublin

    Round 3  

    Offaly v Wexford; Galway v Kilkenny

    Round 4  

    Dublin v Offaly; Wexford v Galway

    Round 5

    Kilkenny v Wexford; Galway v Dublin

  • 21:28
    Pat Gilroy's first championship match in charge of Dublin hurlers will be against Brian Cody's Kilkenny. Baptism of fire!
  • 21:30

    Munster hurling

    Round 1

    Cork v Clare; Limerick v Tipperary

    Round 2  

    Tipperary v Cork; Clare v Waterford

    Round 3

    Waterford v Tipperary; Cork v Limerick  

    Round 4

    Limerick v Waterford; Tipperary v Clare

    Round 5

    Clare v Limerick; Waterford v Cork

     

  • 21:31
    Champions Cork are away to both Tipperary and Waterford. That Munster round-robin will be very interesting!
  • 21:35

    So that's that . . . Highlight of the football draw is the Ulster quarter final between Tyrone and Monaghan. While in the hurling it'll be Pat Gilroy's first outing against Kilkenny.

    Before we have a final look at all of the fixtures, and Sean Moran will have reaction from the draw shortly, thanks for joining us.

    @DonoghueEamon

  • 21:37

    FOOTBALL

    Munster  football quarter-finals:

    Clare play Limerick

    Tipperary play Waterford

    Semi-finals

    Clare/Limerick play Kerry

    Tipperary/Waterford play Cork

    Connacht quarter-finals

    Mayo v Galway

    New York v Leitrim  

    London v Sligo

    Semi-finals

    New York/Leitrim v Roscommon

    Mayo/Galway v London/Sligo    

    Ulster  preliminary round

    Donegal v Cavan

    Quarter-finals

    Derry v Donegal/Cavan

    Fermanagh v Armagh

    Tyrone v Monaghan

    Down v Antrim

    Semi-finals

    Down/Antrim v Derry/Donegal/Cavan

    Fermanagh/Armagh v Tyrone/Monaghan

    Leinster  first round

    Laois v Wexford

    Louth v Carlow

    Offaly v Wicklow

    Quarter-finals

    Laois/Wexford v Westmeath  

    Louth/Carlow v Kildare

    Offaly/Wicklow v Dublin

    Longford v Meath

    Semi-finals

    Laois/Wexford/Westmeath v Louth/Carlow/Kildare

    Offaly/Wicklow/Dublin v Longford/Meath

  • 21:38

    HURLING

    Munster round-robin

    Round 1

    Cork v Clare; Limerick v Tipperary

    Round 2  

    Tipperary v Cork; Clare v Waterford

    Round 3

    Waterford v Tipperary; Cork v Limerick  

    Round 4

    Limerick v Waterford; Tipperary v Clare

    Round 5

    Clare v Limerick; Waterford v Cork

    Leinster round-robin

    Round 1

    Dublin v Kilkenny; Offaly v Galway

    Round 2  

    Kilkenny v Offaly; Wexford v Dublin

    Round 3  

    Offaly v Wexford; Galway v Kilkenny

    Round 4  

    Dublin v Offaly; Wexford v Galway

    Round 5

    Kilkenny v Wexford; Galway v Dublin