Luck in club draws
It can be taken as a given that there will be a delay in the completion of the adult county championships this year.
After all, we're nearly at the end of July and thus far only one round of Senior hurling has been played, along with two in Senior football.
This is even less than the norm at this point of the year as it wasn't possible to fit in a second round of hurling over the April/May period due to the qualification of the county Senior team for the Allianz League semi-final.
Given the circumstances, the local fixture-makers must have breathed a collective sigh of relief when the draws for the AIB Leinster Club championships were made during the week.
For once Wexford seemed to get a bit of luck as the county received four first round byes from a possible six, with the two in both Senior codes particularly welcome.
While the dates have yet to be finalised, only two county champions will be needed for first round engagements: the Intermediate football winners will be travelling to Longford at that stage, while the Intermediate 'A' football victors will be at home to Carlow in round one of the provincial Junior competition.
The full draw details are -
Senior hurling: quarter-final bye; away to Dublin or Kilkenny in semi-final.
Senior football: first round bye; home to Meath in quarter-final; winners away to Longford, Carlow or Westmeath in semi-final.
Intermediate hurling: quarter-final bye; away to Dublin or Wicklow in semi-final.
Intermediate football: first round away to Longford; winners home to Kildare in quarter-final.
Junior hurling: first round bye; quarter-final away to Carlow or Wicklow; winners away to Dublin, Kildare or Laois in semi-final.
Junior football: first round home to Carlow; winners home to Dublin in quarter-final.