Wednesday 22 November 2017

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

Colm O'Rourke

Colm O'Rourke

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.

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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