Thursday 23 November 2017

Underachievers struggle to generate a rising in the east

Colm O'Rourke says the challengers to Dublin's Leinster SFC crown have a lot of catching up to do

There will be speculation about Mick O’Dwyer’s future if the tide does not turn his way today, but fishing and walking the dog are still some time away for him
There will be speculation about Mick O’Dwyer’s future if the tide does not turn his way today, but fishing and walking the dog are still some time away for him

T he sun is out, the grass is greener and Croke Park is open: it's showtime. The Leinster Championship is back in town.

Not that it will set pulses racing or anything like that as the last few years have been quite uncompetitive. It is a case of Dublin well out in front, a couple more struggling manfully in their slipstream and the rest nowhere.

In fairness, it was not much different when I was playing. In those days, it was a case of getting the early rounds over with and preparing for a war with Dublin in the Leinster final. For nearly 30 years -- from the 1960s to the '90s -- there were three teams in Leinster, Dublin, Meath and Offaly with Longford picking up one title in 1968 and Kildare showing briefly along the way. Now it is a case of one side in Leinster -- Dublin -- and with them unable to make the breakthrough and win the All-Ireland over the last few years, it just shows how far behind the rest are.

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