Sunday 4 December 2016

While the players get bulkier, GAA is more fleet-footed at change

Gerard O'Regan

Published 01/10/2016 | 02:30

Lee Keegan gets to grips with Diarmuid Connelly Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Lee Keegan gets to grips with Diarmuid Connelly Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Some of us can hardly wait for a renewed outbreak of tactical hostilities today between Lee Keegan and Diarmuid Connolly.

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In the drawn All-Ireland final, there was plenty of what's euphemistically called 'off-the-ball stuff' between these two warriors, respectively representing Mayo and Dublin in their battle for All-Ireland glory.

The image of Keegan holding on to Connolly's jersey as if his very life depended on it will remain one of the enduring images of Irish sport in 2016. It surely marked a coming of age for a county whose footballers have been accused of 'bottling it' on countless occasions in the past.

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