Shee­han wins record equalling eleventh ti­tle

The Kerryman (Tralee Edition) - - SPORT - BY BRYAN SHEE­HAN

HAV­ING first got in­volved with the club at se­nior level when he was 15 years old, Bryan Shee­han has seen a fair amount of the ups and downs for his club as he now joins club-mate Austin Con­sta­ble in win­ning an 11th South Kerry SFC medal as he re­flected on how it has gone for the club since he first got a taste of se­nior level nearly two decades ago.

“I got in­volved firstly with a team that was very un­lucky not to reach se­nior level in Kerry and did the first ‘three-in-a-row’ that I was in­volved in. A new team has emerged in the last decade with a core group of about seven or eight Mi­nors who have thank­fully stuck with it and brought us to the stage where we did an­other ‘three-in-a-row’ then a third and fi­nally lead­ing now up to this ‘five-in-a-row”,” Shee­han said.

Dwelling on their achieve­ments is some­thing for later in life how­ever as Shee­han felt last Satur­day boiled down to one ques­tion for the club. “The main thing for us in ad­vance was did we still have the hunger to win. We proved it out there to­day that we still do and that’s a mas­sive credit to the play­ers. The South Kerry Cham­pi­onship is still some­thing spe­cial down here and win­ning it is still im­por­tant to this group,” Shee­han said.

He cited the ear­lier play­ing of the com­pe­ti­tion this year as a big fac­tor in the im­pres­sive na­ture of St Marys per­for­mance last Satur­day as he felt that tac­ti­cally the club got it pretty much spot on. “The big thing we had to do was to push up on Dro­mid’s kick-outs be­cause they are a team that when they get posses­sion of the ball hardly ever give it away with the way they are coached. The ball was stick­ing in­side in our for­ward line too to­day and our re­sponse to their first goal was cru­cial in scor­ing an­other our­selves and tak­ing that mo­men­tum away from them,” Shee­han felt.

The five-time All-Ire­land win­ner with Kerry ad­mit­ted to en­joy­ing his Foot­ball more now he has stepped away from the in­ter-county scene and gave his thumbs up in gen­eral to the new play­ing cal­en­dar.

“I thought the Club Cham­pi­onships ran very well in play­ing it off to a fin­ish like it was in April. We had only 16 play­ers for two of the games, but the main thing was it were proper games for club play­ers. Hav­ing a County League game ev­ery two weeks worked well too I thought.”

“The only thing I thought was wrong was the de­lay be­tween when South Kerry were knocked out of the County Cham­pi­onship at the end of Septem­ber and the wait to start this. It is what it is, but I think this could have been fin­ished off a bit sooner my­self.”

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