The Electric Ireland Sigerson, Fitzgibbon and Higher Education Championships are genuinely great. By their very nature, they level the Inter-county playing field by pitting talented players from weaker counties together with the bigger names and provide an opportunity for some silverware.
The 2018 Electric Ireland Fitzgibbon and Sigerson Cup are currently underway. As well as the obvious ability on display, so are each side's jerseys. The kits this year are of a particularly high standard. After much deliberation, here are our definitive ranking of the top 11.
#11 - University of Limerick
The attempt to combine three different main colours is commendable and the sponsor logo works. Ten was the most contentious pick in the office, hence why we compromised and went with 11.
#10 - Waterford Institute of Technology
Superb collar. Stripes are lovely. Nice black cameo in the centre. It just works.
#9 - Mary I
Blue, white and red and a forward-thinking design of three stripes at two different points of the jersey and in two different colours. The ranking reflects the design's boldness.
#8 - Dublin Institute of Technology
Thank you to @AIBIreland for their continued support for DIT GAA Club; at our Jersey launch @ditofficial Aungier Street@AIB_GAA @AIBIreland pic.twitter.com/uzTLgT12ic
— TUDublin City GAA (@TUDublinCCGAA) November 28, 2017
An outstanding overall kit even if the mirage of colours is a tad distracting.
#7 - UCD
Fitzgibbon Cup Round 1: UCD v @ucc_gaa on Wednesday 24th January at 3pm in The Mardyke @ucdsportsclubs @HigherEdGAA pic.twitter.com/okgLtBBnq3
— UCD GAA Club (@UCDGAA) January 17, 2018
The light/dark blue tinged with yellow numbers and strips combines for a really sleek top.
#6 - NUIG
A Galway team belongs in Maroon and the placement of white is perfect on top of that. Unlucky not to penetrate the top five.
#5 - IT Carlow
Delighted to be able to release our new @itcarlow GAA jersey for the upcoming 2018 @HigherEdGAA Sigerson & Fitzgibbon cup games. What do you think of that @JoeBrolly1993?? pic.twitter.com/oISvLBIexz
— SETU Carlow GAA (@SETUCarlowGAA_) January 15, 2018
The bravest of all colour choices with a luminous green. The red tinge only enhances the jersey.
#4 - UCC
A staple of the third-level jerseys every year. Excellent fit, red/black combo and a great collar. That's not to mention the ominous skull and crossbones.
#3 - Trinity
The red/black combo that extends from jersey, to shorts and socks is a superb overall package. To many designs don't take into consideration the entire kit. Let this placing be a message to next years hopefuls, it's about the whole cake, not just a slice.
#2 - DCU
A big week of Championship
Fitz Hurling v @LITSports in Limerick at 14:00 on Monday
Purcell Camogie v @MaynoothUniGAA in DCU at 19:00 on Monday
Ashbourne Camogie v @corkitgaa in DCU at 16:00 on Wednesday
Fitz Hurling v @GardaTraffic in DCU at 19:00 on Thursday pic.twitter.com/m17nQJzaUo
— DCU Dóchas Éireann GAA Club (@DCUDocEirGAA) January 21, 2018
Gorgeous effort. Props for the number-collar-stripes combination.
#1 - Dundalk IT
Going back to past with retro jerseys for 2018. This one available on @ONeills1918 and white jersey launched 7-12-17 pic.twitter.com/9yFxdp3vIk
— DkIT GAA (@DkITGAA) November 23, 2017
White retro jersey for #Sigerson2018. The draw pitted the ‘Kings of Twitter’ @TCDGAA against Kings of jerseys’ DKIT. pic.twitter.com/Bh0qgcDfPK
— DkIT GAA (@DkITGAA) December 7, 2017
Home or away, this is a spectacular shirt. The retro design is kept ultra-simple and in direct contract with the anti-collar agenda being peddled by today's modernists. A deserving winner.
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