Saturday 10 December 2016

'If we perform well we should beat Clare, simple as that' - All-Star bullish on Kerry's chances

Published 09/06/2016 | 02:30

Shane Enright of Kerry. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Shane Enright of Kerry. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Shane Enright spells it out straight. "Two games in Killarney and three games in Croke Park," he says, laying out what he hopes the summer has in store for him and his Kerry team-mates.

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The first step sees Clare come to Killarney on Sunday afternoon. The Banner come into the game with some form having won the Division 3 title by beating Kildare and also have the benefit of a Championship game under their belt, having seen off Limerick in the Gaelic Grounds.

"They've improved a lot over the last few years," Enright agrees. "They gave us a big fright in 2014 when we beat them by three or four points and we went on and won the All-Ireland. It just shows it'll be a big test.

"They've got a game under their belt already against Limerick which has brought them on a lot. We haven't played a game now in a while so it'll be a good test and that's how we're looking at it.

"They're good at getting men behind the ball, they're hard to break down. To beat them we'll have to get kickers in the right positions."

Kerry have altered their Championship preparation a little this year. The regular training camp in Portugal was shunned for a week at rugby outfit Harlequins.

"We went away to Surrey in England rather than Portugal, which freshened things up," Enright says.

"The facilities out there were great, we were training on Harlequins' pitch and got a lot of work done out there. Mostly ball, all the hard training was done. We did a few tactical sessions working on next weekend and thereafter."

Having been forced to sit on their hands since the League final defeat to Dublin, Kerry and Enright are eager to get their Championship underway. And he doesn't shy away from the fact that Kerry will be expected to win on Sunday.

"We'll have a game-plan and if we carry it out as we can we should beat them, simple as that," he says.

"If we're a bit off on the day they'll be there with every chance. We'll look after ourselves first and if we perform well we should beat them. Simple as that."

Irish Independent

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