WE got to the start of September this year; the aim is to get them to the end of September next year.
A very simple and effective statement that sums up so much about the whole Kerry Minor set-up, but after last Sunday's game Mickey Ned O'Sullivan had no arguments that Dublin were the better team on the day.
"I don't think we did ourselves justice in the first half, but we won't take anything away from Dublin. They are a fine team and their strength and physical presence was a big factor. Our lads stayed in the game though and it really swung on a crucial 60 seconds for me in the secondhalf, when instead of us scoring they went down the other end and scored," the Kerry Minor boss said.
Mickey Ned kept his eyes on the bigger picture pointing out that nine of the team are still underage next year, but admitted that Kerry were guilty of too much lateral passing in the first half.
"We were playing man for man all year and against this Dublin team that is really naïve. We thought we could get at them that way, but in truth it was probably a case of robbing 'Peter to pay Paul', but when we changed that tactic at halftime I thought we got more into the game," he said.
Ultimately he admitted that Dublin's decision making was better when queried for his thought's on Kerry missed opportunity for a second goal towards the end but feels its something that will come to players with experience but feels Kerry only played as well as Dublin allowed them.
"You exploit what you're allowed to exploit, Dublin played a man behind their defence and our two players up front were lacking the physicality to cope with that. Minor Football for me is an apprenticeship; it's about buying into a lifestyle of commitment, discipline and honesty that is involved in inter-county football," Mickey Ned said.
Going forward Mickey Ned feels that the foundations are definitely there for improvement and feels if the various stake-holders along with the players such as their clubs and indeed parents buy into it then the success will come from that, but did agree that the format of the Championship will have to be looked at overall.
"It's been a rewarding year for the point of view of seeing young lads maturing and having an input into it. On the format itself, I would like to see the losing provincial semi-finalists get a second chance. There is no logic to me in the way it is being ran at the moment. I know people are saying that Ulster is running too late because of the Colleges set-up there, but I believe the Munster Council internally have to look at what the purpose of Minor level is.
"For me it's about every county playing for as long as possible during the summer. The situation with Cork and Tipperary this year was crazy in that Cork were gone in May having lost once while we survived until September having lost twice. All I feel that they have to do is run the competition in the same way as the seniors and there would be no problem in my view."
A debate for another day, but certainly one that needs to be looked into for the 'powers that be' in the coming months regardless of the benefit it provided to the Kingdom this year.