Sunday 11 December 2016

'Two games in eight weeks is madness' - Tomás Ó Sé not happy with Kerry's All Ireland route

Tom Rooney

Published 28/07/2016 | 21:34

Tomás O’Sé. Photo: Piaras O Midheach / SPORTSFILE
Tomás O’Sé. Photo: Piaras O Midheach / SPORTSFILE

Tomás Ó Sé believes Kerry‘s chances of clinching the Sam Maguire Cup in September could be severely hampered by a lack of game time since winning the Munster title.

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The Kingdom retained their provincial crown by defeating Tipperary in Killarney almost four weeks ago and have not played in the interim.

On Sunday, they meet Clare, one of the summer’s surprise packages, in Croke Park. Indeed they defeated the Banner last month in the penultimate round of the Munster Championship.

Since then, Clare have picked up victories over Laois, Sligo and Roscommon and, in theory, should be the sharper unit this weekend, though they are justifiably the underdogs.

Speaking on the Independent.ie The Throw In podcast, O Sé said he expected Kerry to prevail but is very unimpressed by the fact that they have played just two games since June 12.

“Now this is my beef, everybody will say that Kerry will be fresh coming in, but Kerry have played roughly two games in eight weeks in the middle of the summer, and that for me is madness.

“Ideally, it would be great to have a situation where you’re playing, worst case scenario, every three weeks.

“Games are where you learn. You can do all the training you like in Killareny but you won’t learn as much as you would in a Championship match, and I think the quarter final was always a game where maybe Kerry were vulnerable.”

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Ó Sé is concerned that the county he served with such distinction will not be sufficiently  battle hardened, even after their presumed win over Clare, which may prove the difference between winning and losing should they encounter Dublin in the semi-final.

“I don’t think we’ll be questioned enough, and that’s no disrespect to Clare, and it’ll be a tough game for the players to get their head round but they should be beating them.

“And then there’s a possible game against the Dubs, and the question will be have you been tested enough? “

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