Friday 20 April 2018

How GAA teams lose their hunger once they get a taste of success

'Brendan Bugler's magnificent form for Clare last summer might be best explained by an awareness that a singular chance for inter-pcounty glory was within his fingertips.' Photo: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE
'Brendan Bugler's magnificent form for Clare last summer might be best explained by an awareness that a singular chance for inter-pcounty glory was within his fingertips.' Photo: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE

Donny Mahoney

Hunger. Is there a more frustrating, yet succinct word to describe the fates of good and bad GAA teams?

GAA commentators, especially in hurling, fall back on it because it seems so obvious. Whether your county’s hunting in packs of seven or heavy-legged and out of ideas, one word sums it all up: hunger, or the lack thereof.

Take Clare’s middling form this summer. This is clearly not the Clare of August-September 2013, so Davy must be losing the hunger games. The same could be said of Donegal last year, or Dublin after they won the All-Ireland in 2011.

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