21 March 2014 No Comments by The Northern Standard

It’s been said that gaels in Ulster are more partisan than passionate about their football and hurling. For all that, in the eyes of even the most insular county supporter ensconced in this neck of the woods, the current National Football League tables must make for pleasant reading overall.

After last weekend’s games, Ulster teams occupy two of the top three places in division one; man the top three berths in division two and sit in second and third spot in division three. Only lowly Antrim, third bottom in division four, can be said to have underperformed in the league to date.

The national league stats right now are a hugely positive reflection on the fruitful machinations for many years of scores of underage football coaches in clubs spread right across the province.

With all the tenacity and determination of a sherpa heading up Everest, club coaches from Termon to Devenish and from Crossmaglen to Kingscourt, the Red Hand province’s grass roots have worked the oracle time and time again in producing the right stuff for intercounty fare.

It seems winning is almost imbued in the province’s DNA at this stage such has been the winning streaks at every national level over the past score years and more.

Time after time, Ulster’s finest have found the geometric tools to split open the toughest and the best opponents around.

Last weekend, for instance, ever-improving Derry must have left their supporters pregnant with anticipation ahead of the business end of the year thanks to their impressive 1-16 to 0-13 victory over visitors Dublin.

Derry boss Brian McIver was suitably delighted with the win and, interestingly, seemed to suggest that a dearth of self-belief is the major piece in the jigsaw that he and his think tank are set on inserting into the fabric of the squad:

“The people that have to know how good Derry are are the Derry players,” McIver commented after the game at Celtic Park.
“We have done our best to be telling them they were as good as anything in the country but what ….

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