Sunday 18 March 2018

'They were a yard off the pace against Kerry' - Paul Galvin 'surprised' by Dublin's January holiday

Paul Galvin thinks Jim Gavin is purposely trying to get his team to peak later in the summer
Paul Galvin thinks Jim Gavin is purposely trying to get his team to peak later in the summer Newsdesk Newsdesk

Kerry legend Paul Galvin believes Dublin have taken a gamble by embarking on a holiday in January and it has already cost them their league crown

Jim Gavin brought his All-Ireland champions to Jamaica in January and allowed a third-string side compete in, and win, the O'Byrne Cup.

Writing in his column in today's Sunday Times, Galvin believes that it is a clearly a move to ensure that his charges peak in August at the business end of the championship.

He believes the gamble handed Kerry an advantage in their National League triumph over the Dubs last month and is not sure how it will play out over the summer months.

"Against Donegal, Monaghan and Kerry they looked one step off the pace," he said.

"This is more about timing than a fitness issue. The word on the street is that their January holiday (later than usual for them) is still in their legs meaning they're a bit short of their normal levels.

"That theory would make a lot of sense to me.

"For the first five or six years of my career I spent the first 10 days of January in various far-flung holiday destinations. Making ground up in mid-January was some slog and by 2010 the trend of January holidays had run its course.

"As we holidayed it's no stretch to imagine the opposition worked and made up ground on us.

"That was nobody's fault. Club fixtures and work pressure gave us little choice but to holiday over Christmas and the New Year.

"Dublin made up the most ground in those years. Their habit of holidaying pre-Christmas was one of their smartest moves so I was surprised to hear of the January break this year. No doubt they made the call after some consideration with the bigger picture in mind.

"How it plays out will have a big bearing on how competitive they are in August."

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