We are a week closer to the start of the 2017 GAA championships and so the league games have taken on more importance as managers look to get their panels set for the summer.
This weekend saw round six of the National Football League and round five of the National Hurling League take place, with lots of permutations to be considered all over the country.
With all that in mind, here are our five talking points from the weekend’s action.
5. Record-Breaking Dubs
There’s nowhere else to start this week. It was all too easy for the Dublin footballers as they hammered Roscommon on Saturday night. In an otherwise forgettable encounter, the Dubs made history by going 35 league and championship games without defeat.
And, to mark the occasion, they scored 35 points (2-29) against the Connacht side who will take up residence in Division 2 in 2018.
4. Cavan Refuse To Go Down Without A Fight
After an impressive win against last year’s beaten All-Ireland finalists, Mayo, in Castlebar last weekend, Cavan drew at home to Kerry on Sunday. While a fortnight ago they looked certain to be relegated, the Ulstermen are fighting strong.
However, Mayo’s win over Tyrone puts them on six points, and with Cavan on four they are up against it if they want to stay up. That win in Castlebar gives Cavan the head-to-head advantage over Mayo so don’t write their obituary just yet.
3. Louth Win Promotion
It’s been a good spring for the footballers of Louth. They added to their momentum by defeating Tipperary 0-16 to 0-12 to earn promotion to Division 2 on Sunday. It also confirmed back-to-back promotions for the Wee County, who are on an upward curve at the moment.
For Tipp, they get a mulligan when they face Armagh in a straight shootout for the second promotion place in their round seven fixture.
2. Galway Hurlers Promoted?
The Galway hurlers earned an impressive three-point win over Limerick in the Gaelic Grounds on Sunday. While neither side could win the group, the rumour that Division 1 (or 1A) could be eight teams in 2018 puts Galway in an unsure position.
For Limerick, they will be tremendously disappointed to finish third in a group that they would have felt confidant of winning. Whatever about 2018’s edition of the NHL, both teams are still alive in this year’s competition as they have quarter-final ties next weekend.
1. National Hurling League Quarter-Final Draw
Despite defeat to Cork, All-Ireland champions Tipperary topped Division 1A and they face Offaly. The Rebels, after their superb 0-26 to 3-16 win, face Limerick.
Waterford v Galway and Kilkenny v Wexford rounds off the draw. Clare v Dublin and Laois v Kerry are the respective relegation play-offs.
Joel Slattery, Pundit Arena