Opinion Colm O'Rourke

Saturday 16 December 2017

Colm O'Rourke: Gilroy's summer battleplan will come under scrutiny but manager has plenty of options in background

Could the holders be tempted to cast off the defensive shackles, asks Colm O'Rourke

Colm O'Rourke

Colm O'Rourke

The Dubs are back. That is the big news this weekend. They are needed too, as always, to add a bit of colour and atmosphere and to remind people that the championship is actually on.

It may take a while for the support to ratchet up, and if the GAA want a big crowd in Croke Park for the early rounds when Dublin are playing, then they have to be kept off live television. Later on it won't matter, but for now there will be a lot of empty seats in the big stadium.

Even at that, the policy of the Leinster Council in fixing games for particular venues is puzzling me. Longford and Laois played in Longford where a big home crowd created quite an atmosphere and helped the home side. Then last Sunday Meath and Wicklow played in Carlow before a smallish crowd. Either Navan or Aughrim would have been a better venue.

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