It had to happen . . .

The 2009 Munster Championship draw took place along with all the other senior action tonight, and no doubt the pundits will be braying with delight at the prospect of Waterford crossing swords with Limerick and their new manager, one J McCarthy of Passage West. This is good, as it should distract from the fact that it is a blissfully soft draw with the three best teams in Munster last year bundled in the other half of the competition and Cork having to play Tipp in the first round.

In the football, we see the pleasure / pain principle at work as Waterford’s reward should they overcome Cork would be a tie against Kerry. C’est la vie.

The Munster draws in full:

Hurling
Quarter-final:
Cork v Tipperary
Semi-finals:
Waterford v Limerick
Clare v Cork or Tipperary

Football
Quarter-finals:
Tipperary v Limerick
Waterford v Cork
Semi-finals:
Tipperary or Limerick v Clare
Waterford or Cork v Kerry