Both the GAA’s Leinster and Munster Championship draws to take place on tomorrow’s Six One News
Tomorrow’s Six One News on RTÉ One will be watched for a number of massive stories. For a lot of people there could be a potentially huge lead story. Tomorrow we’ll know if the formation of a new government will happen. But for thousands of GAA fans, the eyes will be on the Leinster and Munster Championship draws.
Friday morning, the GAA are scheduled to announce the structures for the 2020 inter county championship. And that will be followed tomorrow evening Munster and Leinster will draw their re-structured championships.
For both provinces, their Hurling Championship draws will be restructured. This year there will be no time to run a round robin competition. Munster will perform an open draw with the first two counties competing in a Quarter Final.
For Leinster, they will seed last year’s hurling finalists, Wexford and Kilkenny. Dublin, Galway and Laois will be in the draw to determine which two from that trio will first meet in a quarter-final tie.
Meanwhile the draw for their football Semi Finals will be announced. After last year’s competition Leinster Council decided to hold back drawing the last four until the Quarter Finals were played to add some excitement and intrigue to the competition.
Touted dates and speculation
So far, the dates for the championship have been widely speculated, with many quoting the competition be run from October 17th to December 20th. But it is expected that the opening two weeks of action will concentrate on the completion of the Allianz National League competitions.
The Football League will guarantee three games for each county, and then the championship will take on a straight knockout format right through to the All Ireland Final.
In the Hurling Championship, counties will have a minimum of two fixtures as the original qualifier system will come into play. This will see the six teams who don’t reach a provincial final playing off and facing the beaten Leinster and Munster Finalists in the All Ireland Quarter Finals.
October 17th/18th and 24th/25th:
2020 season to commence with conclusion of football league fixtures.
Under-20 football championships, currently at All-Ireland semi-final stage, to be completed.
October 31st/November 1st:
Provincial championships commence.
No qualifiers in football but there will be in hurling with the six counties who don’t qualify for their provincial finals playing off down to two.
November 14th/15th and 21st/22nd:
All-Ireland hurling quarter-finals, two qualifiers v defeated provincial finalists.
Concluding All-Ireland stages up to weekend 19th/20th and All-Ireland football final.