Wexford and Clare curse bad luck with away draws in qualifiers
WEXFORD and Clare hit bad luck in the All-Ireland hurling qualifier draw, having been handed away games for a second successive year.
Wexford will take on Limerick in the Gaelic Grounds while Clare will play Galway in Pearse Stadium in the Phase 2 games on Saturday week.
Wexford played Tipperary in Thurles last year while Clare had to travel to Croke Park for their clash with Dublin. Both Wexford and Clare were well beaten.
The Phase 2 winners will play the winners of next Saturday's Cork v Offaly and Antrim v Carlow Phase 1 games.
The survivors then advance to the quarter-finals against the beaten provincial finalists.
Meanwhile, the GAA's restructured pricing for this year's All-Ireland championships is a case of give and take.
All admission prices up to and including semi-final level are reduced, but prices for the final have been increased.
Admission for the qualifiers and All-Ireland quarter-finals and semi-finals has been reduced by €5 but ticket prices for the final will increase by €10.
Based on last year's attendances, the reductions will cost the GAA around €1.6m, but the increased final prices will recoup around €1.1m.
Special deals for juveniles, clubs, groups and families apply.
Reductions do not apply to the remaining provincial games as the admission charges are set by the provincial councils.
The new prices All-Ireland championship prices are as follows: Qualifiers: Rounds 1 & 2: stand €15, terrace €10; Rounds 3 & 4: stand €20, terrace €15. All-Ireland quarter-finals: stand €30, terrace €20; All-Ireland semi-finals: stand €40, terrace €25; All-Ireland final: stand €80, terrace €40.