The GAA National Football League kicks off this weekend. Here is a look at Division’s 3 and 4.
Last year’s Division 3 winners went on to become Ulster champions, that team being Monaghan. It should provide motivation for the eight teams in this year’s Division 3 that anything is possible. Cavan probably stand the best chance of success in the Summer. An All Ireland quarter final appearance last year coupled with underage success in recent years, 3 Under 21 provincial titles in a row, suggest that Cavan have the building blocks for success.
Another side with provincial under age success as well as national success at minor in 2006 is Roscommon. The Connacht side have not successfully built on those underage teams but with those players coming into their mid twenties, the time is now for Roscommon to produce at senior level. For this year’s league campaign Roscommon will have the new luxury of having their St Brigid’s players available to them, something that should benefit their promotion push.
Sligo may struggle this year. They have a lot of financial difficulties and were the last county to appoint a manager. They have been on a downward curve and may find life difficult in 2014.
Wexford and Longford dropped from Division 2 last year. Both sides will hope for a quick return and will be in the mix for promotion.
Limerick and Offaly were promoted to Division 3. They will be aiming to stay the division but will probably be looking over their shoulder for the campaign.
Promoted: Roscommon & Cavan
Relegated: Limerick & Sligo
Tipperary are one of the top underage counties at the moment. They will want to provide football to their underage starts at a higher level than Division 4. If these players can cut it at senior level, Tipperary should be able to make it out of Division 4.
London were one of the success stories of 2013, making the Connacht final after beating Sligo and Leitrim and exiting the championship in Croke Park. It will be tough for them to produce results over 7 games but they will be a more difficult opponent than they used to be.
Leitrim retained the FBD league title, they will hope it serves them better in the league than last year where they did not feature in the promotion race.
Wicklow and Antrim dropped into Division 4 last season. Both will hope to bounce back but it may be the Ulster men who are the most likely.
Promoted: Tipperary & Antrim