Wednesday 21 August 2019

To say Laois are a banana skin for Dublin 'is unfair to them' -Treacy

Eye on the ball: Hurler David Treacy with the jersey that all Dublin teams will wear for the upcoming ladies’ football, camogie, football and hurling games. Photo: Sportsfile
Eye on the ball: Hurler David Treacy with the jersey that all Dublin teams will wear for the upcoming ladies’ football, camogie, football and hurling games. Photo: Sportsfile
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

They may be eight-point favourites with the bookies, but don't try telling David Treacy that Dublin will have it easy. Nor should you ask him to think ahead to an All-Ireland quarter-final against Tipperary - at least not yet.

"It would be foolish to look past Laois because I can tell you now: what they are going to bring will be massive. As far as we are concerned, it is Sunday and Sunday only."

For Treacy and his team-mates, the Leinster Championship ended in a curious way - the high of beating Galway in Parnell Park was tempered minutes later by news that Kilkenny and Wexford had drawn, points difference keeping them out of the Leinster final.

"It was a great win, the atmosphere was amazing but it was very disappointing because that's the goal we set ourselves at the beginning of the year. But we have a chance this Sunday to get back on the road and make sure we progress as far as we possibly can."

Physicality

Laois come into the game off victory in the Joe McDonagh Cup, and Treacy said the Dubs will be alive to the underdogs' threat after they put 3-26 past Westmeath.

"To say it's a banana skin is a bit unfair on Laois because you can be sure they're going out to beat us. They've a brilliant set-up with great experience. Niall Corcoran's stamp is all over that team in terms of their physicality and attitude, and then you have the quality up front that [they] probably got from Eddie Brennan. They have a lot of firepower."

As do Dublin, with Treacy now back to full fitness after injury kept him out of their last two games. "It was a small tear, where my groin meets my hip flexor, but [recovering] was just a time thing. The Galway game came too soon but I've two weeks' good training under my belt so happy days."

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The Cuala man said Dublin have a clean bill of health, and he hopes supporters will make the trip. "We expect a massive crowd from Laois who were well supported for all their matches this year, but you saw the crowds in Parnell Park. It really was amazing, they willed us on and it made a big difference. Hopefully we can cancel out the home advantage.

"A lot of our players have played there previously. It's about how we can settle down as quick as possible for the first 10, 15 minutes, gather our surroundings and get to grips with that."

While Laois face a tight turnaround, the challenge for Dublin is returning to full intensity after a three-week hiatus. Having sent Galway packing from Parnell Park, they should have little to fear from Laois, but in time-honoured GAA tradition Treacy is taking nothing for granted.

"All these performances mean absolutely nothing if we don't win on Sunday," he said.

Only then will he indulge the thought of a clash with Tipperary, a back-door route to bigger, brighter days. As he puts it: "What's meant for you won't pass you." David Treacy was speaking at the launch of the Dublin GAA jersey takeover, which will see the 20x20 campaign logo replace the AIG logo on jerseys for upcoming fixtures

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