The 2022 Connacht Championship draw that was made a short while ago today certainly didn’t do ourselves or Galway any favours. We’ve been drawn against each other at the quarter-final stage, with the winners then facing Leitrim or London in the semis.
On the other side of the draw, meanwhile, Roscommon have to all intents and purposes been handed a bye into the provincial final. Sligo travel to New York in the quarters and the winners of that one are all that stands between the Rossies and a Nestor Cup decider place next year.
From our perspective and from Galway’s, this is the worst possible draw. Both sides will need to be up for it in a serious way on what’s likely to be the first weekend of the Championship and while victory will open the road to the All-Ireland series for one of then, defeat for the other would be little short of disastrous in terms of their hopes for the summer.
If there’s any upside to this, it’s the likelihood that 2022 could well be the final year of this farcical Championship structure. We’re stuck with it for next year, though, where we’ll be banking on James Horan to extend his impeccable Championship record against the Tribesmen when we face off against them in our Connacht SFC opener.