Wednesday 21 February 2018

Treacy: One week we’re world-beaters, the next anyone can beat us

Attacking ace believes consistency the key to Dubs' title hopes

David Treacy Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
David Treacy Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Michael Verney

IT seems like he's been hanging around the Dublin senior hurling scene forever, but something was always holding him back. Still just 26 years old, David Treacy is ready to fulfil his endless potential.

Students of the game recognised Treacy's skill early in his career but a litany of injuries have stunted his performances on the biggest stage since his 2009 senior breakthrough.

A cruciate tear six years ago was the genesis of future frustration as hamstring, calf and hip problems soon followed but when operating at 100pc, the Cuala attacker regularly put his name in lights.

Treacy is the go-to man in the Dublin attack. But much like their displays in recent years, he is searching for that consistency which can take his game, and the Dubs, to the next level.

An extended club run, and a first Dublin SHC title in 21 years, has sharpened him up and after a promising league campaign, where they ended Waterford's 11-game unbeaten streak, he is demanding more from Dublin.

"I think every team wants to be consistent," he says. "From the outside looking in it's probably frustrating to see us one week where we're world-beaters and then the next week anyone can beat us.

"It's something we are working on. I thought during the league we had a good run, especially after Tipp where we put in three good ones.

"The run of the club certainly helped me in terms of experience in those games. Obviously you're playing with your club so there is an onus on the county players to come in and help their team win.

"And playing games in tough conditions all through the winter certainly stood to me.

"It was probably the most performances I've ever put in during the league obviously because of injuries so I'm happy enough with how it went."

Dublin's five-year Parnell Park winning run was ended by Limerick in the quarter-finals and Treacy admits he was "straight out on the wall with a bit of work to do" after watching the pulsating final replay two weeks ago.

With Clare and Waterford cementing their arrival at the top table, he believes this year's chase for Liam MacCarthy is wide open.

"At this stage you could arguably say seven or eight teams are going to win the All-Ireland," says Treacy.

"It's all about that consistency that every team looks for so if you can get on a run you become very hard to beat. I think every team are ones we have to look out for.

"You saw against Limerick, you can't count out any side. On their day, any team can beat any team in the hurling championship. That's why it's has been so entertaining.

"Some teams nearly seem invincible when they get on those runs and it's probably why Kilkenny are so good year on year because they always have a momentum of matches and that's what we're trying to emulate."

Treacy played both codes growing up and was on a minor hurling team with Diarmuid Connolly and Jonny Cooper but choosing hurling was a "no-brainer" while he accepts why others went in the opposite direction.

"My father's a hurling man and it's always been the sport I thought I was better at. It was kind of a no-brainer for me, I love hurling, that's why I decided to go for it.

"If you have to make a decision and if it's what you think you are going to enjoy the most then go for it. You can't really knock a fella if he's going to go into the football set-up with a chance of winning an All-Ireland. We can't force lads to go and play hurling, you know?"

Wexford stand in their Leinster path tomorrow and the Wilson Hartnell Sports PR manager, who has been joined by his younger brother Sean in Ger Cunningham's squad, is under no illusions of the threat the Model will pose.

"Wexford bring what they always bring," he concludes. "You know what you're going to get with Wexford and that's combative, tough, intense hurling. You could argue that they could have beaten Waterford in the league so we're not taking them lightly."

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