All I want for Christmas is two home draws

That Santa is being a right git.

Preliminary Round – played Saturday 22 June 2013
A Offaly vs Waterford
B Wexford/Dublin vs Antrim
C London vs Westmeath

Phase 1 – played Saturday 29 June 2013
Team B vs Carlow
Team C vs Team A

As the first team has home advantage, it means we’ll have to play Offaly in Tullamore. Should we win that, we’d play London/Westmeath in Ruislip (gulp)/Mullingar. I’m not too upset about the prospect of playing Offaly. If we’re going to progress in this competition we’re going to have to beat the likes of Offaly at some stage. The away draw is irritating though. There’s no chance of me making it to any away games so I might well have seen my last Senior inter-county hurling in 2013. Thank goodness for Tramore, eh?