The last 10 years have seen Portlaoise dominate in football. That may change if results at underage are anything to go by. My guess is it won't because where competition exists at underage level, it evaporates when clubs go back (split) to Senior. The key to the GAA at all levels is numbers. Numbers give you the ability to pick a better 15 than those clubs/counties who have to cobble together a team. It's simple enough really, and fellas who think tinkering around with structures, or worse still, believing they can compete with Portlaoise or Dublin, are deluding themselves. There will be occasions (rare) when teams get a good crop, and we in Laois know about that. More often than not though, numbers will always win out. I'm afraid our county is far too divided and far too stubborn to acknowledge the patently obvious. For that reason, it really is just best to get on with it, do your best, but don't be too disheartened when the inevitable happens.