Well since the league thread was shut I think it's time for a championship thread
Second year of The Senior Football Championship Quarter Final Group stages.
Connacht final loser or qualifier
Leinster final loser of qualifier
Munster final loser or qualifier
Ulster final loser or qualifier
In a change from last year the first round of QF games will be
Provincial winner home v Qualifier
Provincial winner v Provincial winner at CP
Qualifier v Qualifier at CP
Qualifier at home v Provincial winner.
New rules like the advance mark and sin bin that were used in the league will not be used in the championship
So obviously Dublin are going for five in a row.
They had a (by their standards) poor league but I would not read anything into that
They will again breeze through Leinster.
Meath had a good league and could make the final as even Kildare are on the other side
Munster is equally as straight forward with Cork getting relegated, Kerry will breeze through it too
Ulster has a bit more spice
There are three decent teams in Ulster, in no particular order Tyrone, Monaghan and Donegal
Tyrone and Donegal potentially meet in a SF thus leaving the loser with 3 games to get past to get to the group stages , and thus end up in any of the two groups.
Tyrone finished the league very strongly which is a good sign for them
Monaghan have the easier side on paper so have a good chance of getting to the final
Connacht is a two horse race
Newly minted League champions Mayo go to NYC next months an then play Roscommon or Leitrim if they win in NYC
Galway go to London first and if they win play Sligo
So that sets up a very important Connacht final in Salthill between Galway and Mayo
Galway have owned Mayo this last few years but have done little else
Even in the league they were 7 points up at 35 mins away from a league final the they conspired to lose the game and the final place
Winning this is very important for both and it makes the groups stages much easier
The Senior Football Championship Quarter Final Group stages.
Group 1 is an absolute stinker
All very possible
Kerry after they win Munster will be lauded as the team most likely to beat Dublin
But as we say in the league where they struggled v a stronger more experienced team in Mayo they ill meet similar opposition in Group 1 in the form of Tyrone/Monaghan/Donegal, Mayo/Galway etc.
Its far from a given that Kerry will get out of their group if the group is made up of anything like the above.
I'll say it now, if Kerry v Mayo is the first game in Group 1 then we may well see the end of Kerry's 20+ year unbeaten streak in Killarney
i can see Tyrone being strong here and getting to another SF
Getting in here is vital for Mayo or Galway
You get to play Dublin in CP in July and avoid them in the SF
It is not as tough a group as Group 1 in my opinion, although it will also contain the Ulster loser or qualifier.
I can't see anyone stopping Dublin getting to the final and the only team I can see beating them or even getting close to beating them in the final is Mayo
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