Monday 11 December 2017

Colm O'Rourke: Ordinary men will ensure contrast in styles and geography

No matter who wins, the club final pairing is a victory for the little guy, writes Colm O'Rourke

T he real All-Ireland final takes place on Wednesday in Croke Park. Not only is it the ordinary man's day out, but it is also the culmination of a process where the winners, or even the finalists, could hardly be anticipated at the beginning of the provincial championships in October, never mind going back to the start of the championships in each county, which is probably at least ten months ago.

Contrast that with the championship at county level. You would not need to be a guru on football to predict at least four or five of the quarter-finalists -- even at this stage -- while the eventual winners come from a possible two or three. All too predictable.

The club championship is entirely different. Take the case of Kilmurry-Ibrickane. They are hardly one of the big clubs of the GAA. Far from it. They don't have a huge pick but by careful husbandry they have made it to the top. Their location and lack of self-importance and swagger are their greatest assets. They just get on with the business of playing football and no matter what happens today, they will all be back looking after the garden by the weekend.

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