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"Handy Run For Carlow" - The Annoyed Reaction To The 2017 Championship Draw

"Handy Run For Carlow" -  The Annoyed Reaction To The 2017 Championship Draw
Conor Neville
By Conor Neville
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Considering how repetitive and samey this draw is each year, the state broadcaster strived hard to make a big production of it.

In the end, the thing dragged on longer than Ben Hur. But no worries it's all showbiz. We got treated to some dazzling Joe Brolly observations after each provincial football draw.

See the full draw for both hurling and football championships here.

Without question, the finest moment arrived at the end after the Leinster football championship - soon to be renamed the annual urban on rural arse-kicking contest - when Jonny Cooper said that Carlow or Wexford would present a "tough challenge" for Dublin in the Leinster quarter-final.

He does, admittedly, only "suppose" it will be a tough challenge. He wasn't prepared to go out on a limb and state for a fact that it would be a squeaker.

Regardless, Jonny acknowledged Dublin's good fortune in avoiding Wicklow, a fact to which Brian Allen drew attention

Cooper himself was the biggest talking point of the whole evening. Joe Brolly is quite fond of telling the watching audience what goes on in the studio when the camera is looking elsewhere. In his Sindo articles, he repeatedly details Pat Spillane's work practices when it comes to his Sunday World columns.

He described how the other players, while forgoing alcohol, were munching on biscuits. But when Cooper arrived, well-dressed and taking swigs from a 2-litre bottle of water, the other players quickly discarded the biscuits.


Brolly laid a lot of the blame for Leinster's dreary championship at Meath's door.


Marty became quite breathless with excitement when the Tyrone-Derry pairing when came out. He appeared to forget how the game in Celtic Park finished last May.

Down, meanwhile, got a home draw for the first time in yonks. Haven't began a campaign in Pairc Esler since 1999.

We have the same old debate about Ulster counties getting the rough end of the current championship structures.


In Connacht, people were slightly unhappy with the Rossies' allegedly tame route to the Connacht final.

In the Leinster championship, we did get an exciting first round match with Galway and Dublin colliding. Dublin are due the home match this time as their last meeting was the 2015 Leinster quarter-final replay held in... Tullamore.

Ultimately, however, most of the chatter online centred around how long the bloody thing was.

Read more: The Draw For The 2017 Hurling And Football Championships Have Been Made


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