Saturday 21 April 2018

Brennan: Barren years key to Vinnies run

St Vincent’s centre-back Ger Brennan. Photo: Sportsfile
St Vincent’s centre-back Ger Brennan. Photo: Sportsfile
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

On Monday night, St Vincent's picked up another Dublin SFC title.

Winning a fourth crown in five years is quite the achievement but considering the quality of the teams that operate in the business end of that championship, it makes it an even more remarkable feat.

"It's pretty nice now I have to say and I guess not often you get to enjoy it because the season rolls on so quickly. It's a nice achievement," Vincent's centre-back Ger Brennan said.

"An awful lot of work has gone into our team over the years. Brian Mullins and the management team took up the mantle from Tommy Conroy after him being involved for a number of years and he just kind of added value to it the whole time.

"It was sweet to win and sweet for the management as well. They put an awful lot of work into it too."

Brennan and a few others like Tomás Quinn and Diarmuid Connolly have now won five Dublin titles when the 2007 success is factored in.

That win represented the end of a famine for the famous Marino club as it was their first time they prevailed in Dublin for 33 years. And Brennan believes that long wait helps keep the current side hungry.

"No one grew up watching them win titles. I think it was 30-odd years when we won it in 2007.

"We'd a big gap after we won in 2007, there's a massive gap there where we lost a few players and we lost our way a bit.

"But thankfully we've been able to create a standard and any player that's coming into the squad, new lads coming up from minor and that, we try to adhere to that standard of excellence.

"We try to improve ourselves the whole time because a few of us would have been involved in 2008 and there was barren years for a good while. We kind of learnt from that, you've got to make hay when the sun shines, it won't last forever."

Vincent's have set up a Leinster quarter-final clash with Wicklow champions Rathnew with Brennan's side already installed as odds-on favourites to win Leinster outright.

"We'll have a look at Rathnew. I met Harry Murphy briefly before and I'm aware of Rathnew's success in Wicklow over the years.

"He was involved with Wicklow and he brought them up from Division 4 to Division 3 in the league a couple of years ago so they'll have nothing to lose. They'll get stuck in, they're a tough team, but we'll enjoy this first."

Irish Independent

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