THE draws were made on Thursday night for the Leinster Senior Hurling and Football Championships for 2012 and it could scarcely have produced tougher draws for Ollie Baker’s hurlers and Emmett McDonnell’s footballers.
The hurlers will begin their campaign at the quarter-final stage against recently crowned All Ireland Champions Kilkenny. Should they come through that game, they will face the winners of Dublin and Wexford. The draw is particularly unbalanced as Galway are the only established team on the other side of the draw.
The news was not much better for the footballers as for the second consecutive year they will face Kildare in the quarter-final. For what will be a young Offaly team squarely in a rebuilding phase, the draw could hardly have been tougher against a Kildare side seven years in the making.
If Offaly do overcome Kildare, they will face either Dublin, Westmeath or Carlow in the semi-final in what is certainly the tougher half of the draw.
Leinster SHC Draw
Antrim v Westmeath
Antrim/Westmeath v Laois
Carlow v London
Antrim/Westmeath/Laois v Carlow/London
Offaly v Kilkenny
Wexford v Dublin
Galway v Antrim/Westmeath/Laois/Carlow/London
Offaly/Kilkenny v Wexford/Dublin
Leinster SFC Draw
Wicklow v Longford
Laois v Louth
Westmeath v Carlow
Wicklow/Longford v Meath
Laois/Louth v Wexford
Westmeath/Carlow v Dublin
Offaly v Kildare
Wicklow/Longford/Meath v Laois/Louth/Wexford
Westmeath/Carlow/Dublin v Offaly/Kildare