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Counties already looking ahead to championship but Kerry will be eager to land a national title in Croke Park

Colm O'Rourke


Summer hopes likely to weigh down on league finals

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Kerry's Jack Barry in possession of the ball during his side's Allianz FL Division 1 meeting with Mayo at Austin Stack Park, Tralee three weeks ago. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Kerry's Jack Barry in possession of the ball during his side's Allianz FL Division 1 meeting with Mayo at Austin Stack Park, Tralee three weeks ago. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Galway forward Damien Comer. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Galway forward Damien Comer. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile

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Kerry's Jack Barry in possession of the ball during his side's Allianz FL Division 1 meeting with Mayo at Austin Stack Park, Tralee three weeks ago. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

It’s a big day out in Croke Park today — or maybe it isn’t. The proximity of the championship has changed the dynamic of the Allianz League finals. For today’s participants, eyes have already turned towards the championship, but surely there must be a boost to confidence for the winners even if a little is held back.

I can’t help but think that these matches are being played in the wrong place. Of course every player loves to play in Croke Park but there will be little in the way of atmosphere with the top decks empty and most of the crowd for the first match, between Galway and Roscommon, won’t wait around for the second game. The Kerry-Mayo final won’t finish until close to 6pm. It is a long way home after that with work tomorrow morning. Celebrations will be at a minimum.


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