Monday 18 December 2017

Colm O'Rourke: Ups and downs of spring life yield to summer's hope

Managers, players and the GAA itself can all learn lessons from the league, writes Colm O'Rourke

We live in the best of times. Last Sunday the sun shone, there were crowds at a lot of venues and the football was good in many games and quite entertaining in most others.

With something to play for in a lot of matches there was excitement and high drama too. Pity the poor old transistor radio has had its day as people waited for updates on phones and the value of just one point became the difference between jubilation and despair in the case of Meath and Sligo in Division 2.

Many supporters were still wondering about score differences, not realising that the new system was in effect where the result between the two teams was the first thing to be taken into account in determining places when two sides ended up on the same number of points. The reason for the change -- which I played a small part in introducing -- was to remove the distortions taking place in club competitions where, at the end of leagues, teams with a need to win were walloping others who had no further interest in the competition to improve their scoring difference.

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