'The Leinster Championship is a shambles'

April 15, 2024

Meath manager Colm O'Rourke ahead of the Leinster SFC quarter-final against Dublin at Croke Park ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Colm O’Rourke has labelled the Leinster SFC ‘a shambles’.

The Meath manager was speaking after his side’s latest heavy defeat to Dublin and has called for the provincial championships to be played before the Allianz League.

“The Leinster Championship is a shambles but that’s not Dublin’s fault, I suppose it’s the fault of teams like Meath who haven’t been competitive for a long, long time,” he told reporters at Croke Park.

“To me, anyway, the obvious thing is the Leinster Championship should be played before the League. It’s absolutely ridiculous that teams in the League are waiting, waiting, waiting and don’t know what competition they are going to be playing in or when they will be playing.

"If the provincial championships were over, everyone would know exactly before they start the league, particularly those teams in the second and third division, what they had to do to ensure they play in the Sam Maguire.

“It’s very unsatisfactory, the present system.”

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