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Reckless Championship 2016 Predictions Based On The First Day Of The League

Reckless Championship 2016 Predictions Based On The First Day Of The League
By Balls Team

In the interests of rashness and jumping the gun, we are going to come over like an England football fan and make long reaching predictions for the 2016 championship on the basis of the first round of League matches.

Ulster

Down will reach the quarter final but only because they got a bye past the preliminary round. Wisely, they'll lose to Monaghan and thus avoid the spectre of Donegal in the provincial semi-final.

On the other side of the draw, Tyrone will squeeze past Derry in a bad tempered encounter in which seven players are sent off, with five of these banned for straight reds.

The match turns into a national scandal in the subsequent days, dominating news bulletins and panel shows. Opinion columnists outside the sport pages talk about a terrifying cult of violence in the game. The Claire Byrne show will debate the game the following night on RTE.

The match disturbs Tyrone's preparation for the Ulster Final, which they lose to Donegal. Their siege mentality becomes yet more entrenched, a development few thought possible at the outset.

Leinster 

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In their 56th encounter in the past three years, Longford will eke out a victory at home to Offaly.

Wicklow's surprise victory Laois mean that Dublin won't be leaving the environs of Croke Park for the tenth season in a row.

They will ride to another provincial title, defeating Meath in the Leinster semi-final and a resurgent Kildare in the final. Cian O'Neill's team will succeed in getting within twelve points of the Dubs.

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They will celebrate before their supporters on the Croke Park pitch afterwards.

Connacht

The air is thick with the schadenfreude of the old guard as Mayo's reign of dominance in the west comes to an end. Older journalists and old boys from neighbouring counties spend the week cackling about the folly of their uppity players dumping their managers. 'Maybe they should get rid of themselves this year!' is the gleeful cry of their enemies.

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It's a McHale Park defeat to their traditional rivals that does for Mayo. The game ends with Damien Comer and Lee Keegan scuffling on the ground.

In a repeat of the FBD League, Galway proceed to pip Roscommon in the Connacht Final, winning their first provincial title in eight years.

Munster

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Tommy Carr is worried for Kerry and we are too. A six point defeat away to the best team in the country in January means that the end is surely nigh.

After their emphatic statement on their first day of the League, Cork will clean out all before them. Revenge will be gained for the Munster Final defeat of 2015.

Kerry will think about blaming the referee for their whole season going wrong but will decide against.

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All-Ireland series

Having tried and failed in the past to win the All-Ireland through the qualifiers, Mayo will embark on a daring raid through the qualifiers, eventually beating the Dubs in a dramatic All-Ireland final.

Having won an overall majority earlier in the year, Enda Kenny collapses in tears on the steps of the Hogan Stand pronouncing 2016 the happiest year of his life.

His serenity is disturbed slightly outside of Croke Park when he is egged by a gang of anti-austerity protesters.

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Read more: A Member Of The Last Mayo Team To Win The All-Ireland Has Died

 

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