I believe there will be plenty of evidence over the coming weeks to illustrate the fact that the dross available is not exclusively northern. The duck shoots that Dublin will engage in between now and August are - in my opinion - as much dross as some of what we have seen in Ulster to date.
Many pointing out the “fact” that these one sided games undermine totally any suggestion that Ulster is the most competitive province, and yet the ultimate winners is still very much up in the air. What you have had are three matches to date - Division 1 against Division 4; Division 1 against Division 3 and Division 1 against Division 3. Close games were always going to be unlikely and the results have gone comfortably with form, as everyone predicted. It is what it is.
Spurs beating Hull 7-1 is quite one sided, but it does not take away from the competitive nature of the Premier League.
In my opinion we are beginning to see a worrying trend with significant gaps opening between the haves and the have nots. That is being brought into more significant focus by the advent of the qualifiers where teams are being given more games, and the super eights will add to that in my opinion.
O’Rourke’s article in the Sindo yesterday hit the nail on the head with regard to what the underlying issue is.
I would expect the fayre on offer in Ulster to improve from here on in. We are up next where we play our lovely neighbours to the east. Two evenly matched, if poor standard teams, but at least it should end up a contest and hopefully help kick start the Ulster Championship.