Dublin a team for the ages
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.