We’ve seen teams go up, teams go down and teams fall at the final hurdle, it’s what makes the Allianz Leagues so great.
With all the group games played now in both codes (except Louth versus Westmeath) and only the finals to be played over the coming days, we can reflect on what has been a very entertaining league campaign in both codes.
All the triumphs and tribulations were on show this Sunday and it’s time to reflect on whose stocks have crashed and whose have risen as we look towards the Allianz League finals.
Here is your GAA Stock Watch for this week.
Whose Stocks Rose?
What a league campaign it has been for the Meath boss.
The Royal County stormed their way to the top of Division 2 in the second round of games and refused to be knocked off their perch.
McEntee is very well thought of in Meath and many felt they should have gone further in last year’s championship if not for some questionable refereeing. The former Nobber footballer, however, was able to re-focus their minds heading into the 2019 season and now they will play in Division 1 of the Allianz Football League for the first time in 13 years in 2020.
The Nire man was influential for Waterford in their victory over Galway on Sunday helping his side reach the Allianz Hurling League decider where they will face Munster rivals and All-Ireland champions, Limerick.
Barron received Man of the Match on the day and plenty of plaudits. While he only scored 0-1 himself, he was key to many of the Déise’s scores.
The energetic midfielder will have a big role to play in Croke Park next week as Waterford go in search of a first league title since 2007.
The Tir Conaill men were heavy favourites to gain promotion back to Division 1 after finding themselves unlucky to be relegated in 2018, however, after back-to-back defeats it looked as though they would have to be content with another season in the second tier.
This all changed in the Round Five win over Ulster rivals Armagh. Michael Murphy was sprung from the bench that day scoring 1-2 and driving them on to victory.
The Glenswilly man was again influential a week later as they beat Cork before Donegal trounced Kildare in their final game to ensure that they will be plying their trade in the top division in 2020.
Whose Stocks Crashed?
There was plenty of buzz in Roscommon after the appointment of Anthony Cunningham as manager.
Cunningham has a proven track record having taken Galway hurlers all the way to an All-Ireland senior final as well as guiding Westmeath club Garrycastle to an All-Ireland club decider.
While some of Roscommon’s performances in Division 1 were quite good, they still found themselves facing the drop after a disappointing final day hammering by Kerry.
While the Offaly substitute described his decision to kick the ball into the crowd as ‘taking one for the team’ it’s not a good look.
— @Shane Tierney (@TierneyShane) March 25, 2019
With Offaly leading Sligo and looking to remain in Division 3, Tierney’s move was the ultimate bit of time-wasting, however, he won’t care one iota as his team survived.
While his stock may have crashed, there can be no denying it was funny.
The only winless team in the entire Allianz Football League. It hasn’t been a great year so far for Sligo and with competition like Mayo, Roscommon and Galway, as well as a resurgent Leitrim side, it’s difficult to see how they will make any inroads in this year’s championship.