I think the difference between what I said (being there or thereabouts) and the above, being seriously competitive, is maybe minimal enough. Is being there or thereabouts not roughly similar to being seriously competitive?
But away from the vagaries of language, I think the whole dual thing is very interesting. I suspect that when you are fishing in the same pool for players for two different codes you are disproportionately weakening the top level. In a small sample, if you had 100 players and you were taking out 15 hurlers and 15 footballers, in theory you are picking from 50 for each sport. But is that the reality? In any group of players there are a percentage who are going to be the fittest, fastest, strongest etc. and it is actually this group you are splitting in two. So of 100 players, 10 are going to be superior athletes and assuming an even split each code is going to lose 50% of the better players. Now there is probably more streaming now then before, so that is not totally the case - but basically my point is that yes numbers are very important, but they don't tell the whole story. If they did Cork would clean up in Munster and Galway in Connacht (football).