Tuesday 6 December 2016

Griffin ready for dogfight

Published 16/02/2010 | 05:00

Tommy Griffin has welcomed the three-week break from League activity which will allow All-Ireland champions Kerry to regroup after a difficult start, WRITES COLM KEYS.

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Kerry have lost their opening games to Dublin and Cork and Griffin acknowledges that they are now in a relegation dogfight having breezed through the division 12 months ago.

"It'll make things interesting now. I was talking to Mickey Harte there and we said it'll make a great end to the League, as they've lost their first two games as well. Ideally, you would have liked to get off to a good start, especially with a home game at first. But we met two good, very fit teams."

Griffin believes home rule is the key to survival in the top flight as they entertain Derry, Mayo and Monaghan in their own environment with journeys to Galway and Tyrone remaining.

The Dingle man acknowledges that many of the Kerry players have played a lot of football over the past decade.

"There's a lot of guys with miles on the clock and they're taking it easy for the first couple of months and will probably be back in March again. It's a good complaint to have rather than having no football played in the last 10 years, you could look at it that way as well!"

Griffin also argues that the experiment of trying to enforce the fist pass in the League is frustrating.

"Referees differ in their interpretation and how it is applied. If you ask me, it's really causing a lot of bother for a lot of teams," he says.

"The last night, you'd a lot of guys there playing Sigerson where the rules aren't in it. Talking to the guys on our team playing Sigerson, they said it's hard to get used to different rules.

"I don't think it's really helping the game to be honest. There were plenty frees the last night given against both sides. It didn't help the flow of the game at all. I can't see any great skill in it anyway, in fisting the ball.

"You look at the two finals in Croke Park on Sunday, the junior and intermediate, there was a lot of fast-flowing football with the open handpass. Fair enough if it's a throw ball, but I don't think the game should suffer like it does at the moment."

Irish Independent

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