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Colm O'Rourke: A trophy would add confidence to McGeeney's work in progress

Meath won't be the only team to find Kildare a tough nut to crack this summer, says Colm O'Rourke

Published 12/06/2011 | 05:00

THE heavyweights have all had some sort of game at this stage, but there have been few real contests. We must wait for the Leinster semi-final between Dublin and Kildare and the Munster final between Cork and Kerry to make a proper judgement on those teams.

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If you wanted to be entirely cynical you could say that, even for the teams mentioned, the All-Ireland championship only starts in about six weeks when we get to the quarter-finals. In a way then, even those matches don't matter that much. Kerry winning Munster last year and Cork taking the big one being a case in point.

Yet for Kildare, a Leinster championship would mark progress. There was no silver last year and they had a great voyage through the back woods, so now something tangible would give a serious boost of confidence to a team which is not too far away.

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