THREE points after three games would have been a satisfactory outcome for Louth before the start of the the campaign but when you consider that leads of five points were coughed up in the final quaters of two matches you feel perhaps that something was left behind.
Saturday's clash with our old rivals Laois proves that progress is being made and shows we have nothing to fear when we return to the same venue in May come championship time.
Shane Lennon's return to form is a huge boost for the team and his presence on the edge of the square was sorely missed in the second half. Lets hope he's fit and available for the coming weeks. Derek Maguire's (pictured) contribution from the bench over the last two games will likely be rewarded with a start against Wexford where his pace and finishing could be crucial.
Without stating to count our chickens, we have a realistic opportunity to push for Division 1 with three home games remaining. Results have shown there is little or nothing between any of the sides, so home advantage can make the difference.
Sunday's opposition Wexford suffered a heavy home defeat to Derry last weekend so confidence in the camp might be low and another good start by Aidan O'Rourkes charges could set us up for a home win. Competition for places on the starting fifteen is intense which in turn is leading to better performances on the pitch. This augurs well for the remainder of the season if it can be continued.
Trip down memory lane
The BBC's 'A Question of Sport' was always a great favourite of mine over the years when i sat down to watch 'the box'. During the week the programme celebrated its 1000th edition with former captains joining the current team of Matt Dawson, Phil Tufnell and Sue Barker. The format unfortunately has changed a little in recent years and in my opinion has lost some of its appeal.
A bit of pantomime has crept into the show to the exclusion of such classics like the picture round or what happened next. And even the 'mystery guest' slot is not as regular as it used to be. John Parrott and Ally McCoist always knocked good sport out of each other and that same sparkle was again evident in the 1000th edition.
In the individual round McCoist asked Sue for a home question whereby Parrott gleefully jibed 'she doesn't have any questions on the Scottish Third Division' - classic!
The show also had vintage clips of former captains which brought back lots of memories. The dulcet tones of David Vine and David Coleman will, for me anyway, always be in a different league to the current host although in fairness to Sue Barker she doesn't have anything like the same characters to work with.
Emlyn Hughes and Gareth Edwards were the ones I first remember although clips of Henry Cooper and Brendan Foster dusted off a few cobwebs also. I also enjoyed big Bill Beaumont and Ian Botham who were staples for most of the nineties but I found jockeys Willie Carson and Frankie Dettori both a pain in the 'you no what'. The aformentioned Parrott and McCoist were excellent together with the Scouser's wit nearly always getting the better of the Scot. That's the nostalgia over for another week!
Wins for Dublin and Kildare meant our 9/4 double came up last weekend and this week we're sticking with another GAA double. Down to beat Mayo in Newry and Meath to win away in Roscommon at odds of 13/4.