As Storm Ciara battered Ireland and made conditions for playing any sort of sport impossible in some places, the games which did take place in the Allianz National Football Leagues showed as much bite and intensity as the wind and rain that buffeted the players on the pitch.
This year’s football league has been the most competitive in years with some fantastic contests in all four divisions.
Some say the introduction of a second tier championship is the reason but that can only apply to division two and three as the teams in these divisions are the one directly affected by it.
As those relegated from division two will player in the lower tier unless they make their provincial final, while promotion from the third division ensures a place in the top tier championship.
With the majority of teams having played three games, the rest that fell foul to the weather due to be played this weekend, the quality of football has been refreshing.
The excuse of “it’s only February” does not hold up.
Try telling that to Monaghan and Dublin, Donegal and Galway, Westmeath and Fermanagh, Armagh and Kildare.
They way those games were played showed that the intensity was up there with championship intensity.
Let’s take a look at the games played in Division One over the weekend.
Dublin showed their class when they came from behind to draw with Monaghan in brutal conditions.
In the remaining three games which were played only one point separated the sides. Although not the highest scoring of affairs there was an intensity to them that showed how competitive the top division is this year.
Meath almost claimed the scalp of Mayo who have Kevin McLoughlin to thank for scraping the win.
Galway came from behind to beat Donegal while the Kerry and Tyrone game had everything. Some cynical actions, like the incident which saw Kerry’s David Clifford get sent off. But there were some big hits and some magnificent scores not least from the boot of Darren McCurry.
There was a determination in the Tyrone team which saw them turn over a four point deficit and this win might be the catalyst for one last push for them under Mickey Harte to win an All-Ireland.
Division Two can be described as a minefield.
At the start of the season Roscommon and Kildare would have been many people’s favourites for promotion.
But after three rounds it is anyone’s guess who will be promoted.
Roscommon bounced back from their defeat to Fermanagh by beating Clare at the weekend, but it is worrying for Kildare.
After beating Fermanagh in their first game they have lost two on the bounce to Clare and Armagh.
The newly promoted sides, Westmeath and Laois have probably surprised most.
Laois took a point off Roscommon in the first game before ripping Armagh apart.
Westmeath will feel they should have three wins from their three games.
They beat Clare in round one and should probably have held out against Cavan before they beat Fermanagh by two points on Sunday.
Fermanagh, who were so close to promotion from the division last year, will be looking over their shoulder following their loss in the Midlands.
After their remarkable comeback win against the Rossies it was looking as if they could be looking at a promotion chase again
With a tasty Ulster derby against Cavan next up, both sides will go hell for leather for the two points.
But before that game, Cavan will take on Laois in the refixture of the postponed game from last week.
Cavan have failed to inspire. A drubbing by Armagh followed by an uninspiring win over Westmeath has put question marks over last year’s Ulster finalist’s quality.
Mickey Graham’s side need to start playing the type of football that got them to an Ulster Final in 2019.
In Division Three, although Cork sit top with maximum points but they were made to work hard by Offaly on Round One.
Their win over promotion chasers Down on Sunday will make them favourites to go up.
After an opening round scare against Leitrim where they managed to salvage a point, Derry looked like they might be out of contention early when they gave up the lead and win against Down.
However, beating Tipperary on Sunday has put Rory Gallagher’s charges back in the mix.
Down are still there despite losing to Cork.
The win over Derry and a draw with Tipp leaves them well positioned to fight it out for promotion.
Division Four doesn’t lack for any competition either.
Sligo, Antrim, Limerick and even Wexford will look at getting out of the basement division.
And although it will still mean they are playing in the second tier championship, getting out of there is all that matters.
After three weeks there is all to play for in every division. No one team has made a break out on their own to leave a chasing pack.
And with four games remaining, it sets up for an intriguing home straight.
What happens is anybody’s guess. But with the way things are going don’t expect it to be all plain sailing.
There will be plenty of twists and turns along the way for teams.
But one thing is for certain, expect no team to give an inch.