The contours of next year’s inter-county season will take further shape tomorrow, as the provincial Championship draws are set to take place then. Unlike the pre-Covid era, it’ll be a low-key event broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1’s Saturday Sport show where the draws will take place just after 3pm.
With the defeat of the reform proposals for inter-county competition structures at the recent Special Congress, there’s sure to be an air of Paradise Lost (or Rebuffed) tomorrow afternoon when the same old, stale provincial fixtures are rolled out once again. With fresh restructuring plans to be tabled for consideration at some point next year, though, tomorrow’s provincial draws may well be the last ones in their current form.
We go into the hat once again as provincial champions and, as ever, we’ll be aiming for Nestor Cup success next year as the most direct way into the All-Ireland series. What kind of Connacht campaign awaits us in 2022 will be revealed when the draw takes place tomorrow afternoon.