You don’t really need a reminder about this but, in case you’ve been hiding under a rock somewhere for the last while, the Round 1 qualifier draw takes place tomorrow morning.
For reasons I’ve never fully fathomed, the qualifier draws have found a resting place on RTÉ Radio One’s Morning Ireland show. This means that it’s there, after the 8.30am news bulletin, that the Round 1 draw will take place tomorrow morning.
It’s an open draw, with no prohibited pairings, and so it’s in the lap of the gods as to which of the other seven teams in the pot with us we’ll get paired with then.
I’ve just closed the poll that was running here on the blog for most of the last week which tested the waters on who our preference might be in tomorrow morning’s draw. Not surprisingly, Louth – whom we’ve only met the once before in the Championship, in the 1950 All-Ireland final – came out on top but next came Tyrone, which I have to say rather baffled me. Do we really want to face them in Round 1? Is this some kind of death wish on our part? I really have no idea.
Meath are, according to the poll, our third preference so this means that we have in the past met all of our top three preferred counties in the All-Ireland final at some point, as well, of course, as fifth preference Cork.
Me? It’s got to be Louth, all the way. Followed by Limerick in Round 2, which should provide us with a more untroubled passage into the All-Ireland Series than we’d have got had we stayed up on the horse in Connacht.
But, of course, we didn’t stay the distance in Connacht and so we’re in the hat in the morning’s qualifier draw. Here’s hoping for the most favourable pairing possible for us then.
We’ll have instant reaction to the qualifier draw tomorrow morning on the podcast, with a special post-draw pod available to club members on Patreon shortly after the draw has been made. Stay tuned for that.