Kingdom rise in fair play list
Published 15/04/2011 | 05:00
Discipline may have cost Kerry dearly in the 2010 championship but a dramatic improvement over the last two months has netted them €5,000, which will cover some of the cost of next week's warm-weather training trip to Portugal, writes Colm Keys.
Kerry and Monaghan share first place in the GAA's 'fair play' index under the points system established for the league.
With one point for a yellow card, two points for a Category 2 suspension and three points for a Category 3 suspension, Kerry have come in with 21 points from their seven league games.
Just 14 yellow cards, an average of two per game, is by far the lowest number of cautions from any team. Every other county had at least 20. Barry John Keane's two-month suspension from the opening game against Cork contributed three points. Marc O Se and Tom O'Sullivan also picked up four-week suspensions.
Monaghan had 21 yellow cards in the course of their campaign and will share the first prize of €10,000, which goes to the county's training fund.
Meath are bottom of the list with 37 yellow cards and two Category 2 suspensions, giving them 41 points or an average of 5.9 points per game. That is slightly higher than Antrim and Wicklow.
Monaghan had one of the poorest records in last year's league, so their improvement is dramatic.
Galway have also managed a relatively 'clean' league campaign with 22 yellow cards.