It’s that time of year again. This weekend sees the kick-off of the 2016 National Football League campaign, which gives us both an injection of competitiveness and interest following the nationwide pre-season tournaments.
It also puts the game under the experimental microscope, where we see new players, new tactics and new kits.
Only a few days ago came news of an updated edition of Meath’s 2016 jersey, which will be first worn on Sunday in their Division 2 league opener at home to Armagh in Pairc Tailteann, the same venue where they disposed of Longford last weekend in the Bord na Móna O’Byrne Cup final, their first O’Byrne Cup success since 2006.
Meath regular Mickey Burke is seen on Meath GAA’s Facebook page donning the new jersey, which still has Tayto Park as the main sponsor along with its traditional green and gold colouring throughout.
Most notably, the jersey has a much lighter green as its primary colour and the neckline has changed from a V-neck to a more modern style. The gold stripes on the shoulders and arms remain on this year’s version but conclude on the sleeves with golden hoops, which were absent from last season’s kit.
The diamond design at the bottom of the last jersey is no more, and has been replaced with a subtle darker colouring aligned with the crest, number and GAA logo.
The gold and white design on the front of last year’s jersey has also been removed to make this year’s shirt a much simpler version than in recent times.
Meath’s attire is the nicest it has been for a few years and hopefully Mick O’Dowd’s Royals will reach new heights under his leadership with this simplistic, but slick, uniform.
Brein McGinn, Pundit Arena