22 games in just two days. It really was a bumper weekend of GAA action.
Corofin cemented their spot as the best football team in the country, while Henry Shefflin led Ballyhale Shamrocks back to the top in his first year of management.
In the Allianz Hurling League, Cork took down Kilkenny in their ‘relegation playoff’ while Dublin recorded a huge win over Tipperary.
Meath stand on the brink of Division 1 following a tough win away to Clare, while Fermanagh’s promotion hopes hang in the balance following defeat to Armagh.
Here are our conclusions following a jam-packed weekend of GAA action.
We All Wrote Tyrone Off Too Early
Tyrone’s league campaign got off to a rocky start with defeats to Kerry and Mayo before snatching an undeserved draw with Roscommon. Tyrone were in a relegation battle after three games, now they stand an outside chance of making a league final in two weeks time.
Even though they won the Dr McKenna Cup in January and their two defeats came against arguably the two best teams outside Dublin, everyone wrote Tyrone off a few weeks ago.
After defeating Dublin on Saturday night, it’s time that people started taking the Red Hands seriously again.
When The Chips Were Down, Mayo Stood Up
On the flipside to Tyrone, it all started so beautifully for Mayo in the Allianz Football League. Three wins from three and on course for a league final, until they met Dublin in Croke Park.
Dublin swatted aside the challenge of Mayo before Galway toppled them in Round Five.
The odds were stacked against them this past weekend as they travelled to Tralee to take on a Kerry side with a 100 per cent winning record.
Had Mayo of lost the game, it would have meant three consecutive defeats to arguably their three greatest rivals and it would have been a huge ask for them to bounce back.
However, they showed great heart to come from behind a beat a high-flying Kerry side and reignite their season.
We Still Don’t Know Who Is Going To The League Finals
Division 1, 2 & 3 are all pretty log-jammed at the moment.
Heading into this weekend it looked as though Kerry and Dublin were destined to meet in another league final. Now, Dublin are out of the running, while Tyrone, Galway and Mayo all look to make a late dash towards glory.
Fermanagh looked nailed on in Division 2, however, defeat to Armagh has meant their promotion hopes hang in the balance. Donegal have leapfrogged them into second place which is a testament to them considering that they lost two games in a row not so long ago.
Down look to have secured promotion in Division 3, but nothing is final as of yet. As we head into the final round of games, Laois, Longford and Westmeath are all battling for that spot in Division 2.