KERRY found the pace of Division 2 difficult to contend with but then all their rivals, with the exception of Down, were contenders for the Liam MacCarthy Cup.
However, not only did Kerry finish four points ahead of Westmeath in the league table, they then went on to prove themselves the best of the non-MacCarthy Cup counties by winning the Christy Ring Cup, beating Kildare, Meath, Down and Wicklow.
Having lost the final in 2010 to Westmeath, it proved that Kerry are solidifying impressively, although they wisely decided to remain outside the Munster championship for next year with the prospect of taking another step in the right direction.
In terms of percentage success, Wicklow were the best (outside MacCarthy Cup) after losing only two of 10 league and Christy Ring Cup games.
They lost the Ring Cup final to Kerry and were hit with another disappointment later in the year when the formats for the 2012 league were changed.
They won Division 3A and were looking forward to moving up in class to Division 2 (teams ranked 9-16), but the reorganisation leaves them in a group ranked 13-18.
London's revival in football was replicated somewhat with the small ball as they powered to victory in the Nicky Rackard Cup, while Donegal made up for defeats in the Lory Meagher Cup in 2009 and 2010 by winning the title, beating Tyrone by a point in the final.