Tuesday 21 November 2017

Physicality of Dubs on a whole new level - Broderick

Carlow footballer Paul Broderick. Photo: Sportsfile
Carlow footballer Paul Broderick. Photo: Sportsfile
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

Apart from their talent, Carlow star Paul Broderick believes Dublin's physicality is one of their greatest assets.

Broderick and his Carlow side managed to keep the Dubs in sight for long parts of their Leinster championship clash but admits they were physically well beyond anything else the Barrowsiders had experienced to that point.

"One thing that I noticed was that the jump in physicality from Division 4, which is what we'd experienced, up to Dublin was huge," he explained.

"Every single player, and even the players that were small in stature, the physicality of them and how aggressive they were in the tackle, it was really evident.

"Then I suppose the bench they have is just as strong. There wasn't one player who played or came on that you could say, 'oh, there's a weak link', nobody whatsoever. Whereas in other games you might sit down and look at players and target them based on their height or pace or something, you might say, 'there's an area we could make hay'.

"But there's certainly no one you could pick out in that Dublin team. They all seem to have every desirable attribute that you'd want in a player."

Dublin are back in action this weekend when they take on Monaghan in an All-Ireland quarter-final on Saturday. And while Carlow and Monaghan's resources are dwarfed by Dublin, Broderick thinks there is more to their success than having a large playing population and deep pockets.

"I know there is that argument about the huge amounts of funding for Dublin and whatnot. But they're going to have to get extra funding if they have all those players and if their population is bigger. I don't buy the argument that Dublin, by the population they have, should be winning every All-Ireland.

"You only have to look at the likes of Kerry, smaller counties, albeit with a huge football tradition, I'm not sure of the numbers and titles but down through the years population hasn't always won out.

"I think that resources could be divvied out a bit differently. How that could be done, I don't know, I don't know the ins and outs of it to be honest with you."

The Barrowsiders were within three points of the All-Ireland champions at half-time before their challenge faded after the dismissal of Brendan Murphy.

"I just remember in the dressing-room one of the lads saying that in any game where we've been within three points of them at half-time, we haven't been further than three points off at the end. He was kind of saying, let's just go out and give it everything," recalled the Carlow ace who earned the GAA/GPA Player of the Month award for May on the back of his scoring exploits.

"It was a bit like the Monaghan game, Dublin were that step ahead. I think we were four points down when we went down a man and maybe the game was getting away from us, maybe it wasn't. Those Dublin lads have all played a lot in front of 70 and 80,000, I just think experience told in the end."

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