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League leads the way for summer

Martin Breheny


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'As the premier competition, the championship is at a different level in the public mind, even if so many of the games are predictable' (stock photo)

'As the premier competition, the championship is at a different level in the public mind, even if so many of the games are predictable' (stock photo)

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'As the premier competition, the championship is at a different level in the public mind, even if so many of the games are predictable' (stock photo)

Of the 32 games played in the first two rounds of the Allianz Football League, six have been drawn and 12 have produced winning margins between one and three points.

Six have had four-to-six-point winning margins, five games resulted in seven-to-nine-point victories and three games witnessed victories of ten points or more.

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That 18 games were level or were won by narrow margins underlines how close teams are in the divisions, and even the six games with four-to-six-point margins come under the 'competitive' heading.

That's a high percentage of close games, unlike the championship.

The competitive nature of so many League games is reflected by high attendances.

As the premier competition, the championship is at a different level in the public mind, even if so many of the games are predictable.

Therein rests the dilemma of how to bring League competitiveness to the championship.

It won't happen while the provincial campaigns remain, but is the will there to change it?

Irish Independent