Tough draws for county Senior teams
Published 20/10/2015 | 00:00
There was nothing easy in the draws for the 2016 Leinster Senior championships which were made live on RTE on Thursday.
The Wexford Senior hurlers will be on the road to take on Dublin in the quarter-final, with the winners set to come face to face with All-Ireland champions Kilkenny.
If the Slaneysiders manage to get over the first hurdle, they will have home advantage for the semi-final as they travelled to Nowlan Park at the same stage earlier this year and suffered a crushing defeat.
Meanwhile, the Wexford Senior footballers will face the Kildare side recently taken over by Cian O'Neill, the former Mayo, Kerry and Tipperary hurling trainer, in the quarter-final.
David Power's side were among seven counties in the hat for the first round draw, but the other six came out before them which meant that Wexford avoided a preliminary and instead went directly into a last eight encounter.
The full details of venues and times for these games will be finalised at a meeting of the Leinster Council on November 11.
Full hurling draw - quarter-finals: A, Dublin v. Wexford; B, round robin winner v. Galway; C, round robin runner-up v. Laois.
Semi-finals: winner A v. Kilkenny; winner C v. B.
The round robin teams are Carlow, Offaly, Kerry and Westmeath.
Full football draw - first round: 1, Laois v. Wicklow; 2, Louth v. Carlow; 3, Longford v. Offaly.
Quarter-finals: 4, winner 1 v. Dublin; 5, winner 2 v. Meath; 6, winner 3 v. Westmeath; 7, Wexford v. Kildare.
Semi-finals: winner 4 v. winner 5; winner 6 v. winner 7.
Meanwhile, while the Under-21 hurling draw suggested that Wexford would be away to Dublin, local officials have sought clarification given that the last meeting between the counties took place in Parnell Park.
Therefore, the Dubs will be making the journey to Innovate Wexford Park for this searching test.