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IT'S only two years since Laois and Kildare last met in the Championship, yet the yo-yo nature of both counties has never been more apparent. Going into that tie in 2015 (below), Laois were a Division Two side while their opponents had just slipped to Division Three.

Now, Kildare are looking down on Laois in the league from Division One to Division Four as they prepare to meet again in Tullamore on Sunday.

Having also won their previous meetings in 2009 and '11, Kildare are currently enjoying their best run against Laois since they won 11 successive Championship ties from 1918-35.

Yet, if Laois were to win on Sunday, nobody could claim it to be a major shock, which serves to underline the reality that, while there are counties at the top that are out on their own and a handful well adrift at the bottom, there's not that much to choose between the rest.

It's a point always worth bearing in mind when some haughtily call for a tiered system.

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Date:Jun 1, 2017
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