THE Limerick Leader rankings are updated after there were shocks aplenty in round one of the Limerick senior football championship.
Jerome O’Connell ranked the teams from 1-12 ahead of the championship and now updates those on the rise and those on the decline after the six opening round games last weekend.
1. Monaleen (no change)
While the city side lost to Ballylanders, one defeat is not sufficient to see the back-to-back champions drop from the top of the ladder. They remain the team to beat but got a timely reminder that their poor early season form of previous years will need to improve immediately in a most competitive group.
2. Fr Caseys (no change)
Had an easy win over St Patricks but the city side will certainly not firing on all cylinders. But nonetheless with back-to-back league crowns the Abbeyfeale men remain one of the most consistent teams in the county and serious title contenders.
3. Newcastle West (up one place)
They beat Dromcollogher-Broadford twice last season but the ‘vibes’ from Newcastle West was not good ahead of the championship start and they were without Stephen Kelly. But they came up trumps with another win over their neighbours to show that when united they have the football to trouble all.
4. Ballylanders (up two places)
Any victory over the champions has merit and what it reminds us is that there is still room for passion and spirit in sport. Bally need to follow up with another victory to move towards the knockout stages and could be bolstered by the return from Australia of Tom Lee.
5. Dromcollogher-Broadford (down two places)
I am always slow to write off the side that dominated the last decade of Limerick club football. They were missing a couple of key players that were playing soccer in the defeat to Newcastle West and their could and the expected backlash could yet see them into the knockout stages.
6. St Kierans (up two places)
Made hard work of defeating Galbally but in round one if often all about the result and the performance can come later in the season. There is a nice balance to their side and more wins should follow
7. Adare (down one place)
There shocked by a late goal by newcomers Mountcollins. Adare appear to be down a number of players and could struggle for wins, especially when the hurling seasons gets into full swing
8. Mountcollins (up four places)
The intermediate champions of 2011 could not have asked for a better start with the Adare win. Survival is their number one goal and its most likely they will need another result in the remaining four games.
9. St Patricks (down two places)
The biggest losers in round one with losing to Fr Caseys by 23-points. But preparations were greatly hindered by soccer and rugby commitments and when all return to concentrate on GAA they will cause problems for most.
10. St Senans (down one)
Got a draw against Ballysteen but it was Bally that dominated for long periods. St Senans are becoming the draw specialists but still possess the talent to be doing much better.
11. Ballysteen (no change)
Drew with St Senans but will probably take the greater confidence from the game after last season when they only held off relegation. The next day out will tell a lot about the year ahead.
12. Galbally (down two places)
Lost to St Kierans by only three points and there is no doubting that they will continue to play with pride and passion but getting the necessary scores is a concern. In the easier of the two groups which should help.