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Pundit Arena Football Power Rankings #1

Brian Barry has provided the public with Hurling Power Rankings for the last few weeks. Now Sean Cremin is taking over with the football side of things. Since there are so many more counties playing football in the one championship, we are going to keep it to the top 10 every week.

, So here it goes;

  1. Dublin

Top of the class and the undisputed number one at the moment is Dublin. Nobody can question so – they have won nine of the last ten titles available to them under Jim Gavin’s leadership. The question now is whether they can win successive titles and cement a long legacy.

Ciaran Kilkenny 4/6/2016

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  1. Kerry

Despite not playing in the 2016 championship yet, Kerry still have to be seen as the second best team in Ireland on most recent history. Kerry have been the team that has lost to Dublin in the last two National finals. It may be concerning that they haven’t beaten Dublin in championship since 2009, but they will still be seen as one the Dubs biggest threats.

Kerry may not have the greatest air of positivity surrounding them at the moment, but they still lie at second place behind the Dubs.
Kerry may not have the greatest air of positivity surrounding them at the moment, but they still lie at second place behind the Dubs.

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  1. Mayo

On reflection they were probably the team that looked most likely to beat Dublin in last years championship. They competed with them for large periods of the All-Ireland semi-final before falling short. Like Kerry, they are yet to get their real 2016 championship underway, but they will be seen as a realistic threat to Dublin.

After an expected and easy win over London, Mayo will be looking to the O'Shea brothers to lead their charge for Mayo For Sam.
After an expected and easy win over London, Mayo will be looking to the O’Shea brothers to lead their charge for Mayo For Sam.

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  1. Tyrone

Tyrone are a side progressing well and could be dark horses for the All-Ireland. They secured the Division 2 league title in the Spring and began their Ulster championship season well. The back-door has been good to Tyrone in recent times, but now an Ulster title would be a big coup for Mickey Harte’s men.

Mickey Harte has founded another Tyrone side who look to be exciting prospects.
Mickey Harte has founded another Tyrone side who look to be exciting prospects.

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  1. Monaghan

The Farney men made an impressive start to their Ulster campaign against Down. The best thing for them was that they put up a big score without having to rely on Conor McManus. The two Hughes’s brothers were immense. But Monaghan want more than an Ulster title, they will be judged on how they perform in Croke Park, that is if they get there.

Monaghan fans will be hoping Kieran Hughes can take a lot of the scoring responsibilty of Conor McManus's shoulders.
Monaghan fans will be hoping Kieran Hughes can take a lot of the scoring responsibilty of Conor McManus’s shoulders.

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  1. Donegal

They are still competitive despite the fact that they seem to be slipping. After 2014, Donegal will always be taken seriously. Their league form was up and down, and it is hard to know if the front door or the back door is the best route for this side who have been on the road for a while now.

Michael Murphy 10/4/2016

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  1. Roscommon

They may be high up on this list for some people’s liking, and they have a good bit to prove in the championship stakes, but they look well positioned for a decent assault on this year’s championship. They have had their fright already in New York and rebounded with a massive win over Leitrim. Sligo are up next where they will be expected to get to a Connacht final and look to build on their successful league.

Fintan Cregg celebrates after Conor Devaney scored his side's first goal 22/5/2016

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  1. Cavan

Cavan are another side that are tipping away nicely this year. They are finally building on their progress from 2013 and their under-21 teams that secured many Ulster titles. They were very impressive against Armagh and now have their talisman, Seanie Johnston, back in the fold who looks to be having a major impact.

Can the returning Seanie Johnston help to bring Cavan to the next level?
Can the returning Seanie Johnston help to bring Cavan to the next level?

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  1. Galway

They may be another surprise inclusion but Galway have been a quarter-final team for the last few years. There is a gulf between from the big 4 down, but Galway have been close to Mayo in recent times in Connacht, and have had some steady back-door wins.

Having done a decent job with Sligo, Kevin Walsh is back in his native Galway where he wants to bring them back to his All-Ireland winning days.
Having done a decent job with Sligo, Kevin Walsh is back in his native Galway where he wants to bring them back to his All-Ireland winning days.

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  1. Fermanagh

Another Ulster team finishes off the current top 10. Their game with Donegal will be a better barometer of where they are at, but as of now they were in the top 8 in Ireland last year, had a steady league campaign in Division 2 and look to be a team on an upward curve who are really enjoying their football.

Sean Quigley is slowly becoming one of the country's most feared attackers.
Sean Quigley is slowly becoming one of the country’s most feared attackers.

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So there is our first top 10. Some teams are yet to get their 2016 championship seasons underway so expect plenty of movement over the next few weeks. The real line is that Dublin are number one by a distance, and is there any team capable of catching them.

About Sean Cremin

Sean Cremin graduated from University College Cork with a Bachelor of Education in Sports Studies and PE. A self-proclaimed 'pure G.A.A head', Sean recently made the transition from spluttering offline to writing online. Sean loves nothing more than a good debate and still hopes for Tebow to return.