Brogan admits Dublin mental preparation for ’09 Kerry clash all wrong
Published 15/09/2011 | 09:32
BERNARD Brogan has claimed that Dublin were not mentally prepared for their last championship clash with Kerry and insists that they are "10 times better now".
His remarks will come as a surprise to some Dublin supporters -- and perhaps even to the team management -- as Dublin went into the 2009 All-Ireland quarter-final after winning a fifth successive Leinster title and were favourites to beat a Kerry team that had struggled through the qualifiers.
However, Dublin were blitzed from the start and, after trailing by eight points at the end of the first quarter, went on to lose by 17.
"When we played Kerry in 2009, we weren't mentally prepared and didn't get out of the blocks that day," wrote Brogan on the Vodafone Dub Hub blog on Hill16.ie. "But I believe we are 10 times better now and are focused on doing what we do well, which is working as hard as we can for as long as we can and then letting someone else come in and finish the job."
Brogan believes that Dublin's confidence has been fully restored by Pat Gilroy and points to victories over the top three counties of the last few years (Cork, Kerry and Tyrone) as a positive sign.
"We have beaten big teams like Kerry and Cork in the league, and Tyrone in league and championship. We have started to beat Ulster teams again, which we had struggled to do, and we have talented young lads in the panel who are hungry for success and who have a culture of winning from U-21 and club level," he wrote.
Meanwhile, GAA stadium director Peter McKenna remains confident that even if Dublin win on Sunday, there will be no pitch invasion at the end of the game.
"People have seen how well the new way of doing things has worked," he said. "The winners can enjoy the big moment without being swamped, while it's far more comfortable for the losers too. Most of all, it's safe, which is the reason we wanted to keep people off the pitch in the first place."