Saturday 19 October 2019

Leinster decide to delay full football draw ahead of 2020 championship

The Connacht and Munster draws will be made on ‘Morning Ireland’ on Tuesday, while the programme will feature the Ulster draw on Wednesday morning (stock photo)
The Connacht and Munster draws will be made on ‘Morning Ireland’ on Tuesday, while the programme will feature the Ulster draw on Wednesday morning (stock photo)

The 2020 GAA provincial football championship draws will be made on RTÉ Radio 1 next week on three separate days.

A partial Leinster football draw will be made on 'Morning Ireland' on Monday.

However, the Leinster Council has decided to postpone the semi-final draw until the quarter-finalists are known next summer. As a result, semi-finalists won't know if they are on Dublin's side of the draw until two weeks out from that game.

The Connacht and Munster draws will be made on 'Morning Ireland' on Tuesday, while the programme will feature the Ulster draw on Wednesday morning.

There is a change in the structure of the Ulster Championship, though it won't impact on this year's draw. However, from 2020, teams which play in the preliminary round will be exempt from playing in the province's opening fixture for two years.

Traditionally

­The change means that just five counties will be included in the preliminary round draw for the 2021 championship and the championships thereafter.

Traditionally, the draws were broadcast live on television but due to the introduction of the round-robin format in the provincial hurling series there is no requirement for draws in the Munster and Leinster hurling series.

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Meanwhile, Nick Weir looks set to take over the reins as Meath senior hurling boss and succeed Waterford's Nick Fitzgerald who stood down from the role in August.

The Westmeath man is expected to be put forward for ratification at a meeting of the county board on Monday.

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