Tipp, Tipp, Tipp, Tipp, Tipp, Tipp…..is by far and away the story of the GAA season, never mind the gaelic football season. Here are this week’s football power rankings as we now only have six teams remaining in the 2016 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship.
- Dublin – no change
The team to beat.
- Kerry – no change
The Kingdom were not overly impressive in their quarter-final win. They face either Dublin or Donegal in a semi-final and that is when their spot at number two will come under threat. But as we have said all year long, they need to be beaten to be dethroned from second place.
- Tyrone – no change
Mickey Harte’s men now have a quarter-final with Mayo to look forward to. They look to be major contenders to take on Kerry and Dublin.
- Donegal – no change
The Men from the Hills did not set the world alight in beating Cork at the weekend. But they are in a quarter-final against Dublin. They are the last team to beat them in championship and ran them close in 2011. They should provide a big test.
- Tipperary +2
Hon Tipp!! The Premier men were outstanding against Galway. They won comfortably and have reached an All-Ireland semi-final as part of a remarkable achievement. Tipp played some outstanding football and should be starting to believe in themselves.
- Mayo -1
They did win and they are in a quarter-final, but Mayo were not impressive against Westmeath. They made very hard work of their win and they have not solved their defensive issues and do not look like they have changed under new management. Saying that, their season is not over and next Saturday will tell a lot.
- Cork +2
It might seem strange that Cork move up two places despite losing. But they ran the team ranked in 4th very close and look to be on some sort of an upward curve.
- Galway -2
Galway were a huge disappointment. Their game plan and system fell apart and as a result they left themselves wide open. Tipperary scored three goals, it easily could have been six or seven. It was a disappointing end for the Tribesmen but should prove to be a real learning experience.
- Clare -1
The Banner can still look back on their season with a real sense of pride. They achieved a lot and were full merit for a place in the quarter-final. They did not perform close to their best in Croke Park against Kerry, but should look back on 2016 as a building block going forward.
- Derry – new entry
Without playing, Derry come into the top 10. They were in the last 12 of the championship and led Tipperary going into stoppage time. Tipp’s win yesterday shows that Derry were very close to quarter-final or maybe even a semi-final slot.