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Gavin's Dublin in same pool as DCU

JIM GAVIN will make his competitive bow as Dublin manager in Dr Cullen Park on Sunday, January 6 against Carlow in the O'Byrne Cup after the draw were made for the 2013 Bórd na Móna Leinster GAA Series last night.

Gavin's new charges have been drawn in Group B of the re-formulated competition alongside O'Byrne Cup and Sigerson Cup holders, DCU, and Harry Murphy's Wicklow.

Dublin will host DCU - who will have a smattering of Gavin's provisional squad in their ranks - under lights in Parnell Park on Wednesday, January 9 and conclude their group programme on Sunday, January 13 with another home game against Wicklow.

Meath, meanwhile, have been drawn alongside Longford, Louth and UCD in Group A while Offaly, Laois, Westmeath and Athlone IT make up Group C. Group D comprises two colleges teams, DIT and Carlow IT, as well as Kildare and Wexford.

Anthony Daly's Dublin hurlers will get their competitive season underpay on January 27 when they take on Laois or UCD in the Walsh Cup quarter-finals.

The Dubs went down to Laois in last year's competition with a poor display in Portlaoise and already, the Clareman has issued a statement of intent regards all competitions in the New Year.

"Last year Laois beat us in the Walsh Cup and our excuse on the way home was that we were better off out of that competition," he admitted. "Well, we weren't. The rot started from there."

All-Ireland champions Kilkenny will face either Westmeath or NUIG while beaten All-Ireland finalists Galway play Carlow or Antrim.

2013 O'BYRNE CUP (SF)

GROUP A: Longford, Meath, Louth, UCD. GROUP B: Carlow, Dublin, Wicklow, DCU. GROUP C: Offaly, Laois, Westmeath, Athlone IT. GROUP D: Wexford, Kildare, Carlow IT, DIT. Matches to played on January 6, 9 and 13.

2013 WALSH CUP (SH)

Wexford v DIT (winners v Offaly).

Westmeath v NUIG (winners v Kilkenny).

Laois v UCD (winners v Dublin).

Carlow v Antrim (winners v Galway).

First round matches to be played on January 20, quarter-finals on January 27.

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