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Replying To CiarraiMick:  "Thank you Username.i just love gaelic games but also fair play"
What's the hope for the year in the Kingdom Mick, another year of development, another rung in the ladder climbed, a fair tilt and confidence of bringing Sam home.

Think we might regress a bit myself, Jim Gavin is a massive loss, that I think isn't being acknowledged, JackS loss is huge to I think we are definitely there for the taking this year, but you can't complain given the years we've enjoyed. Hopefully I'm wrong though.

TheUsername (Dublin) - Posts: 3691 - 03/07/2020 20:15:12    2282956

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Replying To TheUsername:  "What's the hope for the year in the Kingdom Mick, another year of development, another rung in the ladder climbed, a fair tilt and confidence of bringing Sam home.

Think we might regress a bit myself, Jim Gavin is a massive loss, that I think isn't being acknowledged, JackS loss is huge to I think we are definitely there for the taking this year, but you can't complain given the years we've enjoyed. Hopefully I'm wrong though."
Hard to know user.I live in hope of a Kerry win but i still think we still not finished article.I agree Dublin prob not as strong with Gavin gone and Jack a massive loss but still have a very strong panel.However a winter all ireland could give us surprise results.Personally as a Kerryman id be wary of Cork in Munster.Also i feel Galway will have a big say

CiarraiMick (Dublin) - Posts: 715 - 03/07/2020 22:47:11    2282975

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Replying To CiarraiMick:  "Hard to know user.I live in hope of a Kerry win but i still think we still not finished article.I agree Dublin prob not as strong with Gavin gone and Jack a massive loss but still have a very strong panel.However a winter all ireland could give us surprise results.Personally as a Kerryman id be wary of Cork in Munster.Also i feel Galway will have a big say"
My feelings exactly Mick.

Plenty of head room Mick, there are a few special players in that team who will go on to be great players, i have huge time for Sean O Shea, i think hes a genius, Tom O Sullivan, would walk onto any county team and be one of the best. While im not quite there with the (unprecedented) hype around Young David - fine player that he is, there is not doubting the massive and endless potential there and id be fairly confident he will achieve it, if he stays hale and hearty.

What must be pleasing is that they are all in the sub 23 bracket and in two or three cycles you would be confident with Kerry producing the talent to fill the gaps and adding more quality to that team in key areas as cycles go on.

It all seems nicely timed with the end of our cycle coming and the changes in Dublin. I do see a more competitive period coming elsewhere also. Galway and Cork are building nicely toward an appex, while Dublin, Tyrone, Mayo, may have appexed, you can imagine a few kicks along the way coming down from it, as others work their way up. The pack i think is expanding with those on their way up and those coming down. Should be all good fun in the next few years.

I expect us to be competitive, but not an imperious as we have been, we will regress to 2011/2012 standard in my opinion - competitive but not unbeatable.

TheUsername (Dublin) - Posts: 3691 - 06/07/2020 16:41:15    2283238

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Replying To TheUsername:  "My feelings exactly Mick.

Plenty of head room Mick, there are a few special players in that team who will go on to be great players, i have huge time for Sean O Shea, i think hes a genius, Tom O Sullivan, would walk onto any county team and be one of the best. While im not quite there with the (unprecedented) hype around Young David - fine player that he is, there is not doubting the massive and endless potential there and id be fairly confident he will achieve it, if he stays hale and hearty.

What must be pleasing is that they are all in the sub 23 bracket and in two or three cycles you would be confident with Kerry producing the talent to fill the gaps and adding more quality to that team in key areas as cycles go on.

It all seems nicely timed with the end of our cycle coming and the changes in Dublin. I do see a more competitive period coming elsewhere also. Galway and Cork are building nicely toward an appex, while Dublin, Tyrone, Mayo, may have appexed, you can imagine a few kicks along the way coming down from it, as others work their way up. The pack i think is expanding with those on their way up and those coming down. Should be all good fun in the next few years.

I expect us to be competitive, but not an imperious as we have been, we will regress to 2011/2012 standard in my opinion - competitive but not unbeatable."
Yeah i tend to agree with you about Dublin but at least you still have a fairly solid defensive unit while we albeit having some fine ball players are very open at the back.However it all makes for an interesting championship

CiarraiMick (Dublin) - Posts: 715 - 06/07/2020 17:32:53    2283241

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Joining this discussion late, but do you think there is any coming back for Jack M?

He is a special player but searing pace plays a huge role in that. He is nearly 27 (at his peak) but by 28/9 mere mortals start to lose their speed. Some hang on to the speed longer than others but it is such a huge part of his play I don't see him making a return if he stays out of the game for 2 years. He might get away with one year away.

Mayonman (Galway) - Posts: 1293 - 08/07/2020 14:57:01    2283499

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Replying To Mayonman:  "Joining this discussion late, but do you think there is any coming back for Jack M?

He is a special player but searing pace plays a huge role in that. He is nearly 27 (at his peak) but by 28/9 mere mortals start to lose their speed. Some hang on to the speed longer than others but it is such a huge part of his play I don't see him making a return if he stays out of the game for 2 years. He might get away with one year away."
I think most sportsmen don't start losing their pace till about 31 years of age upwards so I would say we will see Jack again and I hope so too.I always love the guys with the bursts of speed on the solo runs i.e. Darran O Sullivan (Kerry) Michael Donnellan (Galway) and none more entertaining than Jack Mac (although not when playing against your county)ha ha

CiarraiMick (Dublin) - Posts: 715 - 08/07/2020 21:52:18    2283537

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