Draws for Leinster Club games made
Now that our inter-county involvement is sadly over for another year, the club scene is all set to resume in earnest.
The round three hurling fixtures are all down for decision this coming weekend, and there will be no let-up right through to October with the respective codes likely to alternate until the various champions are known.
In the circumstances, it seems appropriate that the Leinster Council made the draws for the various AIB provincial championships during the week.
Whoever wins the Pettitt's Senior hurling title will have home advantage for the quarter-final against the Offaly representatives on November 6. The Kilkenny victors will stand in their way in the penultimate round if they clear that hurdle, and again there would be home advantage on November 20.
Turning to Senior football, the Tom Doyle Supplies victors will also host Offaly on October 30. That's a preliminary round game, with the winners home to Meath on November 13. Whoever emerges from the trio will be away to Wicklow, Louth or Kildare in the semi-final on November 27.
The Intermediate football also features a preliminary round for the Wexford champions, away to Wicklow on October 22-23. The winners will be home to Meath on November 5-6, with an away tie in store in the semi-final versus Longford, Laois or Kildare on November 12-13.
Our Intermediate hurling champions will be travelling to Meath to face their Senior holders in the quarter-final on November 5-6. If they clear that tough hurdle they will be home to Kilkenny on November 19-20.
Our Intermediate 'A' champions will contest the Junior hurling championship and they have a bye to the quarter-final where they will meet the Westmeath or Wicklow Intermediate victors away on November 5-6. A win would see them on the road again to the Junior champions of Kilkenny or the Senior winners in Louth or Longford on November 19-20.
Finally, the Intermediate 'A' football winners await the outcome of Westmeath versus Dublin, and they will be travelling to face them on October 22-23.
A victory would secure home advantage for the semi-final against Meath, Longford, Laois or Kilkenny on November 5-6.