Friday 9 December 2016

Can Dublin become the second team in 25 years to win two in-a-row? Alan Brogan and Tomas O Se weigh in

Published 26/08/2016 | 16:42

What makes a two in-a-row so difficult in Gaelic football?

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In the last 25 years, only Kerry (2006 and 2007) have been able to lift the Sam Maguire in consecutive years.

There have been many greats teams over that time period but only the Kingdom were able to come back a year after tasting glory and repeat the trick.

It is hard to know exactly why the feat was beyond so many legendary teams but Independent.ie's GAA podcast, The Throw-In, tackled the topic ahead of this Sunday's huge All-Ireland semi-final clash between Kerry and Dublin.

Tomas O Se and Alan Brogan, both with considerable Alll-Ireland experience, discussed what separates a back-to-back All-Ireland-winning team from the rest.

"It is very difficult [to win two in-a-row] but I know for a fact that it won't have been mentioned in the [Dublin] dressing room," Brogan said.

"It might be in the back of the minds."

Dublin may well have parked the subject for now, but a win over Kerry this weekend will leave Jim Gavin's men one victory away from joining the Kingdom as the only champions who have defended their crown in the last half century.

Listen to the full discussion right here:

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