‘It’s a complete and utter disaster when you have Dublin in your province’

first_img Electric Picnic Previous articleLaois GAA club set to resume popular bingo game – but with a twistNext articleStrong Laois connection as Acapella Bourgeois bids for Grand National glory Steven Millerhttp://www.laoistoday.ieSteven Miller is owner and managing editor of LaoisToday.ie. From Laois, Steven studied Journalism in DCU and has 14 years experience in the media, almost 10 of those in an editorial role. Husband of Emily, father of William and Lillian, he’s happiest when he’s telling stories or kicking a point. Facebook Mary Sweeney elected Cathaoirleach of Portlaoise Municipal District for next 12 months WhatsApp Electric Picnic WhatsApp Being in a province with the Dublin footballers is “a complete and utter disaster” according to former Laois player Peter O’Leary who believes the GAA have missed an opportunity this year to go with an All Ireland open draw football championship.The O’Dempsey’s man, who played with Laois from 2006 to 2014, was speaking on this week’s LaoisToday Talking Sport Podcast which will be available to download this Monday morning.“It’s a complete and utter disaster when you have Dublin in your province,” he said.Dublin have won six of the last All Ireland titles and 14 of the last 15 Leinster finals. Only once in the last seven years – a run of 21 games – has a team in Leinster got within 10 points of Dublin and that was a nine-point loss for Kildare in the 2017 Leinster final. In the last three seasons their average winning margin in Leinster has been 19 points.“You’re probably thinking, what is there to train for when you have Dublin in Leinster. You probably can’t even see getting a run at anything.“If they’re going to do straight knock out why can’t they open it up and have a big open draw.“Teams don’t know who they’re going to get. You could get lucky and get a good long championship run depending on the draw“I don’t see why they needed to keep the provincials if they’re going straight knockout.“Dublin are in a handy All Ireland semi-final straight away. That’s probably what the stronger other teams are thinking – they’re going to come into an All Ireland semi-final fresh and very fit by the looks of it.”O’Leary’s preference would have been for a mini provincial league to act as the warm-up followed by the open draw. And he says that the presence of Dublin disguises how level the playing field is among the remaining counties.“You take Dublin out of Leinster and you’d have a seriously level championship.“I laugh when people say ‘the Leinster championship is so poor – but put Dublin into any other provincial championship and they’d make that look that poor too.“I think every county would fancy their chances of winning it (if Dublin weren’t there).”And in relation to the recent incidents of counties being caught breaking the training ban, O’Leary was more concerned with the GAA’s rules being breached rather than the current Government restrictions.“Close to zero chance of virus being transmitted during training … but the way I see it … it’s probably just a case of cheating.“They are cheating getting a headstart on everybody.“The only way to enforce any of these things is a financial penalty.”O’Leary is joined on this week’s Talking Sport Podcast by presenter Alan Hartnett and Steven Miller from LaoisToday as they discuss the GAA schedule for the year and what it will mean for the Laois hurling and football county teams as well as they local club championships.It will be available to download this Monday morning.SEE ALSO – What the new GAA schedule is likely to mean for Laois TAGSLeinster SFCPeter O’LearyTalking Sport Podcast Facebook Council Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter ‘It’s a complete and utter disaster when you have Dublin in your province’ Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date Pinterest Home Sport GAA ‘It’s a complete and utter disaster when you have Dublin in your… SportGAAGaelic Football Electric Picnic apply to Laois County Council for new date for this year’s festival Twitter By Steven Miller – 10th April 2021 last_img read more