Wednesday 24 May 2017

Crokes' team ethic sees persistence pay off for Carr

T he idea of finishing the club competitions in the calendar year may be very sensible but there is a bit of magic about the St Patrick's Day double in Croke Park and when something is working well in the GAA, the smart move is to do nothing.

Last Tuesday was another one of those great days. Maybe it is the real All-Ireland final and I would say players who have been fortunate enough to win an All-Ireland with both club and county might be hard pushed to say which is the best.

One thing is for sure, the club leaves more of an imprint on life: the days of innocence at underage, the good days and many more disappointments, the odd row with the club being obligatory, the involvement of family and old friends. The true character and characteristics of a man are shown at club level, some of these are hidden at county level but if you really want to know a player, watch him on the local scene and you will learn much more.

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