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2011 All-Ireland Provincial Draws

posted 8 Oct 2010, 06:30 by Unknown user   [ updated 8 Oct 2010, 06:32 by Denis Tuohy Agricultural Consultant ]
Champions Tipperary open up against Cork
2010 Draws:
Tipperary may have bigger things on their mind following the departure of hurling manager Liam Sheedy today, but whoever takes over from the All-Ireland-winning manager will face familiar foes in the opening match of their defence after they were drawn at home to Cork in the Munster quarter-finals next year.
The two sides met in the provincial opener last year, with Cork winning by 10 points at Páirc Uí Chaoimh. The winners go on to face Clare in the semi-finals, while Donal O'Grady’s first game in charge of Limerick will be a clash against Waterford in the other semi-final tie.
The meeting of Dublin and Offaly is the pick of the Leinster quarter-finals, with Kilkenny receiving a bye to the semi-final, where they will play either Wexford or the winners of the preliminary round tie between Antrim and Laois. Galway play the winners of the game between Carlow and Westmeath, with the winner facing Dublin or Offaly in the semi-finals.
The highlight of the football draw looks to be the clash of neighbours in Ulster, with beaten All-Ireland finalists Down drawn to play Armagh in the quarter-finals. Defending Ulster champions Tyrone take on Monaghan, Derry play Fermanagh, while the last quarter-final will see the winner of the Donegal v Antrim preliminary round game taking on Cavan.
All-Ireland football champions Cork have been drawn against Clare in the Munster quarter-finals, while provincial champions Kerry will play Tipperary in a repeat of last year's quarter-final clash at Semple Stadium. The winners of that game face Limerick in the semi-finals, while Waterford await the winners of the Clare v Cork tie.
In Leinster, Meath go straight into the quarter-finals, where they will take on the winners of Kildare and Wicklow. Dublin face the winners of the Laois v Longford preliminary round clash in the quarter-finals, with the winner of the Wexford v Offaly game going on to meet Westmeath. Carlow will face Louth in the last eight after both sides were drawn straight into the quarter-finals.
Defending Connacht champions Sligo face Leitrim in the preliminary round, while a meeting with Galway in the semi-finals would be on the cards for Mayo if they can see off London in the preliminary round.
Kerry v Tipperary
Clare v Cork
Limerick v Kerry/Tipperary
Waterford v Clare/Cork
New York v Roscommon
London v Mayo
Leitrim v Sligo
 Galway v London/Mayo
Leitrim/Sligo v New York/Roscommon
 Preliminary Round
Donegal v Antrim
 Donegal/Antrim v Cavan
Derry v Fermanagh
Armagh v Down
Tyrone v Monaghan
First Round
Kildare v Wicklow
Laois v Longford
Wexford v Offaly
Kildare/Wicklow v Meath
Laois/Longford v Dublin
Wexford/Offaly v Westmeath
Carlow v Louth
Preliminary Round
Antrim v Laois
Carlow v Westmeath
 Dublin v Offaly
Antrim/Laois v Wexford
Galway v Carlow/Westmeath
Dublin/Offaly v Galway/Carlow or Westmeath
Antrim or Laois/Wexford v Kilkenny
Tipperary v Cork
Limerick v Waterford
Clare v Tipperary/Cork