The 2015 GAA Championship draw has been made.
The 2014 GAA Championship has barely even finished, but already the 2015 draw has been made and we are looking forward once again.
Before a name was pulled in Connacht, we already knew of two definite fixtures. Galway will travel to Gaelic Park in New York for the preliminary round on the “B” side of the draw, and Roscommon will travel to the Emerald Grounds in Ruislip to play London in the quarter final on the “A” side of the draw. Leitrim will get to play the winners of New York and Galway in the other quarter final. It’s safe to say that anyone who made it to the Big Apple in May of this year will be looking on in envy at the Tribesmen as they get set to make the trip Stateside.
Sligo are into the semi-final, playing the winners of London & Roscommon on the “A” side of the draw and the mighty Green and Red will get to play the winners of New York/Galway/Leitrim in the other semi-final. Venues, dates and times are yet to be confirmed by the Provincial Fixture Planning committee, but as soon as we know, we’ll update our 2015 fixtures page, do make sure to check back.
If you’re in the same frame of mind as us, you’ll still have a bit of a mental hangover after what can only be described as a bruising season. As the long nights draw in, the heady days of Championship football seem a long way away, but the FBD league is only weeks away. Nothing like a chilly January night under lights in MacHale Park to whet the appetite for the promise of the year ahead!
There was lots of discussion on social media during the draw last night about the logic of holding the draw so soon after the 2014 championship draws to a close – why not hold it in the new year and make a bigger deal of it? Are the GAA missing a trick here?
What is the reason the 2015 draw is on tonight @officialgaa …because it's always been done like that?
— Colm Parkinson (@Woolberto) October 9, 2014
The fact that only certain draws are made on such a platform is also a talking point:
No Christy Ring/Lory Meagher/Nicky Rackard champ draw on tv either. Why not give them promotion? Why are some draws made but not others?
— Cormac O'Malley (@cormacpro) October 9, 2014
A very fair point too – if the GAA is serious about promoting these competitions, they need to start putting their money where their mouth is. Speaking from a Mayo point of view, our hurlers put in a serious amount of effort each year, for little reward (and very small crowds!). So as supporters, it would be good for us to recognise that and get behind them a little more too.
In the meantime we have the County Championship Final to look forward to next Sunday week and after that we can all get behind the lads from Achill, Ballyhaunis and Ballintubber/Mitchels in their respective Connacht Championships.
Anyway, the full 2015 GAA Championship draw is here. We go again…