Dublin a team for the ages

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Please, let us not pass over Dublin’s lat­est tri­umph as just an­other win for them. It wasn’t for Jim Gavin, who so often has turned down the op­por­tu­nity to shower them with plau­dits.

Heaven knows he has had sev­eral chances to do so, from the time they went on their 36-game un­beaten run to last year’s All-ire­land fi­nal suc­cess. But his stock line has al­ways been along the lines of their deeds be­ing some­thing to ap­pre­ci­ate when they retire.

On Sun­day, how­ever, he changed his tune. Their abil­ity to fol­low up na­tional suc­cess last Septem­ber with more on the first day of April as­tounded him. “What they achieved last year was re­mark­able. The easy thing to do was to kick back, which they did. We didn’t see them un­til we had a two-week lead-up into the league. Maybe four big ses­sions (were) done. For them to go away and be so dili­gent with them­selves... that’s what the re­mark­able thing about them is, that they’re al­ways on script.”

Al­ways on point, al­ways on their guard, al­ways on the money, there is so much to ad­mire about this Dublin team and Gavin’s re­marks about the hu­mil­ity of the group is ac­cu­rate too. There are trap­pings that go with be­ing a Dublin foot­baller but can any­one say that they have be­come a dis­trac­tion for this cur­rent crop?

If Gavin thinks the win over Gal­way was “re­mark­able”, then you can take it as read that it was.

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