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
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.