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Colm O'Rourke: Our game is in a sorry state and crying out for reform

Dublin's All-Ireland win can't gloss over the mess that football has become, says Colm O'Rourke

Published 02/10/2011 | 05:00

Crisis, what crisis? That would be the general feeling after the All-Ireland final.

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Before it many supporters of the game would have looked on 2011 as the year of change -- and not a nice change either. Yet a warm glow persists from the final, a splendid contest between the two best and most consistent teams of the year and with Dublin winning there was a sense that persistence had gained its rightful reward.

Yet take a closer look and there were few games of good quality while the dominant memory is one of defence and boring, repetitive handpassing. In a sense, Dublin saved the year because a final with Donegal and Kerry would not have appealed to many.

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