IF winning and losing are habits as they say, then promotion and relegation in the County League can be put in the same bracket as two teams in particular kept the former going this year.
Waterville have gone straight from Division Three to One in two campaigns, Templenoe the same from Division Five to Three so much so that both teams have to considered strong bets for the Intermediate and Novice titles in 2013 respectively at this juncture. The argument being the higher the position in the County League the better equipped you are in your respective Club Championship as recent years have shown.
At the other end of the spectrum, consecutive relegations were a feature as well this year. Castlegregory have dropped straight from Division Two to Division Four, Sneem/Derrynane from Three to Five. The West Kerry side have certainly lost much of the momentum (and players) that brought them an All-Ireland Junior club title in 2010, while the much discussed amalgamation between the two South Kerry clubs Sneem and Derrynane has not shown any signs of a turnaround in either's fortunes since its inception four years ago. Taken with 2008, Sneem have dropped from Division Two to the bottom division, a graphic illustration of what emigration can do to a well established club when it takes hold.
The top flight this year produced a rather disappointing climax; there really was a clear difference between teams like Ardfert, Gneeveguilla, Spa and Laune Rangers at one end and Dr Crokes, Dingle and Milltown/Castlemaine at the other end. The Killorglin club in particular are slipping down the table over the last few years and really will need to revive their fortunes sooner rather than later.
Ardfert and Gneeveguilla's respective relegations were no surprise but it's hard to know how quickly (if at all) that both can bounce back in the coming years.
Austin Stacks, Milltown and Rathmore threatened for the final at various stages, Killarney Legion claimed a few big scalps but Crokes and Dingle were the most consistent teams over the course of the 11 game campaign and they deservedly contest the final (whenever that may be).
Division Two saw Kilcummin make up for last year's disappointment in returning to the top flight after four years away, they enter from a position of strength with some recent underage success but fellow East Kerry club Glenflesk suffered in their first season without Seamus Moynihan and really will have to put their faith in the younger contingent if they are to make a comeback in the next few years.
Castleisland Desmonds' relegation is a worry for a town of its size, certainly another club in need of rebuilding to re-establish themselves as a force in Kerry football.
John Mitchels first season under James Mike O'Sullivan marked them out as one of the most consistent teams of the year and one of the most promising for the short to medium term future.
Currow picked themselves from some disappointing campaigns to join them in Division Two next year but Scartaglin's forth place finish in the Division was one of the most eyecatching as the Novice Champions held their own with distinction.
At the other end Keel failed to recapture their form of 2009 and 2010 in slipping back into Division Four.
Templenoe were promoted before they even realised they were in Division Four while the two teams fighting to join them (Listry and Na Gaeil) will feel their playoff is a season defining match. Should it be the East Kerry side that advance then that leaves us with the possibility of having two Novice teams in Division Three next year.
Duagh (Junior Finalists last year) run the risk of slipping all the way down to Division Five! They have two play-offs to negotiate if they are to avoid that particular scenario, St Senans is a tough enough prospect for them without the prospect of playing either Fossa or Ballylongford and they really will need big performances from Anthony Maher and co. to pull them out of the predicament they are in at the moment.
Brosna as expected return quickly to Division Four, in truth they should not have allowed such a situation to happen after their memorable Novice win last year but they will certainly be hoping to consolidate and move up the ladder a bit next year.
Ballydonoghue, Cromane and Knocknagoshel must be itching to get out of the basement at this stage, but there as so many pitfalls an banana skins down there it is easier said than done but they will all agree no doubt that the format needs to be revamped for Division Five ahead of the 2013 campaign.
While the final day was not as dramatic as other years, the 2012 County League campaign certainly offered much as to the present and future 'movers and shakers' in Kerry football.