Dublin’s relegation to Division 2 was just one of the many storylines of an intriguing and thrilling Finals Football League fixture, but did the GAA miss a trick not to maximize audiences for an incredible, hectic day of football?
Do we see the introduction of Friday night football as a way to further whet people’s appetites?
Ciarán Whelan has joined Will Slattery and Michael Verney in the latest Throw-In podcast to cover all the key talking points from the weekend, which has been dominated by Dublin’s relegation.
“You can’t complain,” Whelan said. “Their performance across the league was just way too patchy at times and it looked like they’d regained some structure in the last two weeks but that wasn’t prevalent in the first half yesterday and again they looked very, very incoherent. especially from a defensive point of view.”
Elsewhere there is also special mention for Kerry and Mayo, who met in the Division 1 final, and for Roscommon’s return to the top flight and Limerick and Louth’s promotion to Division 2.
Meanwhile, while hurling, John Mullane was on the show to discuss Waterford’s impressive statement of intent in their 19-point mauling of Wexford in the league’s hurling semifinals.
“I think this Waterford team is at the peak of their power now,” Mullane said. “I think they’re ready to do something special and unfortunately they encountered a juggernaut for Wexford yesterday.”
The Déise meets Cork in one final, who beat Kilkenny in the other semi-final. Will this be the year of something big for the Waterford hurlers?
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