THE Limerick Leader rankings are updated as the Limerick senior football championship moves onto the knockout stages.
Jerome O’Connell ranked the teams from 1-12 ahead of the championship last April and now updates those on the rise and those on the decline after the completion of the five rounds of group games.
Also, selected is a team of the championship to-date.
1. Fr Caseys (up one place)
The Abbeyfeale team are the only side with a 100% record. A number of key players have now returned after a summer abroad, which offers great options to Tom Fitzgerald and management. Await either Dromcollogher-Broadford or Galbally in the semi-final as they bid to return to the final for the first time since 2009
2. Newcastle West (up two places)
Last season’s beaten finalists topped the more difficult of the two groups. Never set the world alight but still won four out of five encounters and look to have a settled unit. Will play either St Kierans or Ballysteen in the semi-final and could be set for back-to-back final appearances.
3. Dromcollogher-Broadford (no change)
Started with a defeat but bounced back for four successive wins to advance to the knockout stages for the 13th successive season. Will be favoured to beat Galbally in the quarter-final to set up a mouth-watering semi-final with Fr Caseys.
4. St Kierans (up five places)
Built on the progress of the last two years to book a quarter-final place. Have found a nice balance to their team and only suffered one defeat to table-toppers Fr Caseys. Will want to beat Ballysteen in the quarter-final and after that it will be bonus terrority.
5. Galbally (up five places)
Avoided most of the big guns in the group and took full advanatage to secure a quarter-final spot. Rely on a number of key individuals and it will take something really special to topple Drom-Broadford in the quarter-final.
6. Ballysteen (up five places)
The big winners of the championship to-date when advancing to the quarter-final from a most difficult group. Only won one win and also got two draws and two defeats to their credit.
7. Ballylanders (down two places)
Will be kicking themselves to lose out on a quarter-final spot. Failed to put winning performances back to back in a championship that saw them beat Monaleen and Newcastle West and yet fail to advance.
8. Monaleen (down seven places)
What a fall from grace for the back-to-back champions. Just one win, which was all that stood between them and a relegation play-off. Team never gelled this year and there could be a change of management for 2013.
9. Mountcollins (up three places)
Will be content with their first year in the senior grade. Avoiding relegation will have been target number one and they acheived that with two wins but defeat to Galbally hindered progress any further.
10. Adare (down four places)
Would have been expected to advance from their group but had a new-look team this season when forced to introduce new faces due to the emigration of a number of regulars.
11. St Senans (down two places)
At half time in the final round of games they could have been destined for the a quarter-final spot but instead ended up in relegation trouble. Finished level on points with Monlaeen but the head-to-head ruling means that must play-off with St Patrick’s to see who drops to the intermediate ranks in 2013.
12. St Patricks (down five places)
The only side in the championship not to get a win. Were quarter-finalists last year but were a pale shadow of that unit this year.
Team of the Championship to-date
John Joe Sheehy (Newcastle West)
Paudie Browne (Fr Caseys)
Darragh Woods (Newcastle West)
Paudie McCarthy (St Kierans)
Tom Collins (Fr Caseys)
Eoin Barry (Dromcollogher-Broadford)
James O’Meara (Ballysteen)
James Ryan (Galbally)
Iain Corbett (Newcastle West)
Vinny O’Connell (Galbally)
John Riordan (Fr Caseys)
Michael Brosnan (Dromcollogher-Broadford)
Danny Neville (Ballysteen)
Jim O’Donovan (St Kierans)
Willie Griffin (Adare)