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The GAA's head of games administration, Fergal McGill, accepted there had been problems for counties in having to reschedule county final dates for less attractive dates.

The GAA's head of games administration, Fergal McGill, accepted there had been problems for counties in having to reschedule county final dates for less attractive dates.

The GAA's head of games administration, Fergal McGill, accepted there had been problems for counties in having to reschedule county final dates for less attractive dates.

Just four days after the 2012 All-Ireland championships draw to a close, presuming a further replay isn't needed for the hurling final on Sunday, the draws for the 2013 provincial championships will take place.

The swift onset of the October 4 draw, so soon after the conclusion of the championships, is to facilitate the drawing up of the master fixtures plan, which is largely based around the inter-county schedule.

In recent years the draws have taken place in the first half of October, but this is as early as they have ever been.

Donegal will be hoping to avoid the preliminary round in Ulster after being scheduled to play Antrim and Cavan over the last two years, while Kilkenny won't have a bye into a Leinster hurling semi-final after relinquishing their provincial crown.

The prospect of Munster reverting to an open football draw was again raised at a meeting in the wake of a very poor attendance, just 9,000, at the provincial final, but was never followed up on.

The league fixtures for 2013 are also expected to be completed in advance of the next Central Council meeting in mid-October.

Meanwhile, there has been no decision on a date for a further replay if Sunday's game ends in a draw after extra-time. The GAA's Central Competitions Controls Committee will meet before Sunday's replay to decide on a possible date, but it would most likely be Sunday, October 14 because a two-week gap would be required for ticket distribution and printing alone.

The GAA's head of games administration, Fergal McGill, accepted there had been problems for counties in having to reschedule county final dates for less attractive dates.

Some of these counties have made representations to Croke Park on the matter. "The dates for our All-Ireland final replays is something we will review with all the relevant parties," he said.

Irish Independent