Author Topic: Has the intercounty system in football told us all itís ever going to tell us?  (Read 488 times)

caprea

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Wrote a blog about this with the first few paragraphs below. You can read the rest here; https://t.co/AVIRD7wxVP?amp=1


 
I crunched some numbers on the composition of the Gaelic Football all star teams between 2000-2019. Breaking that 20 year period into 4 lots of 5 years I found the following: Between 2000-2004 eighteen counties were represented across those five years. Between 2004-2009 it dropped to thirteen counties. Between 2010-2014 it dropped to eleven. For the past five years it dropped to eight.
The next five years look almost certain for Dublin to take up where they left off and Kerry will be their only serious rival. Another drop in county representation on the all star teams by the end of 2024 looks likely.

Since 1887 the GAA have administered over intercounty all Ireland finals every year. In terms of titles won; Kerry ran away with it (28% of All Irelands have been won by Kerry). Dublin are closing in on them but still eight titles off from catching up. Everyone else either had their own era or eras or never quite made the grade. What exactly is the next five years going to prove if it turns out how it looks presently? What will we learn from another five years that Dublin dominated with the odd Kerry all Ireland thrown in? We already know from the past 132 years of All Irelands that Kerry and Dublin were historically the two most formidable sides. What does it prove to see them continue telling us what we already know?

The intercounty system seems to have told us all it can. It will have ran its course if the next decade is a Dublin and Kerry carve-up. Its history has told Kildare and Mayo that their huge enthusiasm outweighed their talent and ability to win. It told Cork and Galway that they can expect a great title winning team every twenty years or so. It told Donegal, Tyrone and Armagh that patience and dedication allied with skill can be rewarded. Every county found their rung on the ladder and there is no practical reason to keep with an outdated system of county boundaries that are centuries old.

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All well and good saying something doesn't work.

But if ye don't suggest an alternative with some information to back it up, then whats the point?

[I have an opinion, many will disagree with it, but I'm interested in hearing yours first.]
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All well and good saying something doesn't work.

But if ye don't suggest an alternative with some information to back it up, then whats the point?

[I have an opinion, many will disagree with it, but I'm interested in hearing yours first.]

Did you read the entire blog or just the bit Iíve attacked above? Not a confrontational question, just it would be explained in that better.

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Nope, didn't have time. Maybe better just bullet pointing the suggestions here rather than require folks to go off to another website.
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Nope, didn't have time. Maybe better just bullet pointing the suggestions here rather than require folks to go off to another website.

Listen you might be right, itís two clicks away and I like to get accurate numbers on the amount of the visits the piece would get. Not trying to be awkward.

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You started the thread-just outline your solutions.
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caprea

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You started the thread-just outline your solutions.

Itís honestly best if you read the blog where all arguments are made rather than giving bullet points where Iíll end up arguing points already addressed in the blog.