DINGLE selector Robbie Griffin said the disappointment of losing the county senior football final was a motivating factor for Dingle to win the West Kerry championship, adding that it is important to the club to be the best in west Kerry before they go further afield looking to win championships.
"We set out earlier in the campaign to win this competition. We were very disappointed with the county final (loss) and it would have been pretty much a disaster if we hadn't come away with the West Kerry Championship. We went very close to going out against Castlegregory - we ended up playing them twice, An Ghaeltacht in the semi-final, Annascaul today, so it was a great way to win this competition," Griffin said.
"Our performance today was built on what worked for us all year, hard work all over the pitch and the amount of turnovers by our forwards epitomised that work rate. It was a team performance overall, and our ability to get goals, especially from Paul Geaney. What a display from him today. Let's not forget the other forwards also but Paul proved today that he is one of the top forwards in Kerry, and I am sure we are going to hear a lot about him wearing the Kerry jersey in the years to come.
"We felt we didn't do ourselves justice in the county final and that was the danger, going down to Castle the first day. We didn't perform at all, but from that day on we felt there was no problem.
"It's very important to win your own local Championships, and we set out to do that once we took over the team a few years ago. I think we have won mostly everything in the district, League and Championship. If you don't dominate your home patch there's no point going out trying to dominate outside your own local area. Today was a very important day for us," the Dingle man added.
Meanwhile, Annascaul manager Keith Moynihan said the defeat was very disappointing but expressed hope that his team would learn from the experience and be back in 2013 a better team.
"It's very disappointing. We had a plan, which was working at the start, but as soon as the goals went in midway through the first half...well, Dingle are a very impressive team, and if they get ahead of you it's very hard to pull them back. In particular, the second goal was very disappointing. A high ball in ended up in the net. That was the type of luck we needed today facing a side like Dingle.
"It's a learning curve. We have a young team, we are in transition at this point so we will hope that the lads learn from this, work a bit harder in training, and in twelve months time we might have a different outcome.
"This year we had lost players through injury and emigration. It was important that we were able to consolidate ourselves in division two (of county league) and we did that. We were satisfied with that, but desperately disappointed with the outcome today. We felt we didn't do ourselves justice at all. But we have to just take it on the chin and learn from it."