Colin Ryan reveals faith in trusty routine eased him through rocky patch
Colin Ryan placed his trust in the routine and visualisation process he goes through over and over again to recover his aim during a turbulent period in the second half of Sunday's All-Ireland final.
Ryan uncharacteristically missed two successive frees – one from the halfway line and another from a tighter angle much closer to goal – but he regained his composure impressively to finish with 11 converted frees.
Ryan says he has worked extremely hard this year with one of the coaches, Paul Kinnerk, on his striking and routine, and it paid dividends when he hit a bump on the road.
"I've done a lot of work on routine and build-up and stuff. Things are going to go wrong at some stage but it's about believing what you're doing is right and thankfully we got it right and things went well again," he said.
"Sometimes things are going to happen and you're going to make mistakes, but it's about believing in what you're doing, that you're doing it right. Thankfully, a couple went over towards the end and they were important.
"Visualisation and picking spots you're going to hit (are the key) and it's just about doing the same thing over and over again.
"You're always going to get a rise that goes wrong or something like that and you just have to deal with these things and get over them.
"It's just about forgetting about it and going again."
Ryan deliberately went back to take one that was out of his range to get his striking action right again after missing the two frees.
"It was probably out of my range. I was just anxious to get the routine back going again. I think I was on target anyway. I struck the ball well and I'm just glad the rest of them went over," he said.
Ryan said Clare can't be too hard on themselves after posting such a score.
"It's very hard to be critical. Cork scored 3-16 and drew an All-Ireland final as well so you'd imagine if you scored that much you would get over the line," he said.
"Cork are a fantastic team and they showed that again. They took their goal chances well when they got them. We would be trying to make sure they don't get them as easy the next day.
"It's not all doom and gloom, we did a lot of things well and we'll be taking the positives and the negatives out of the game and working on them."
For Ryan, the performance underlined how fluid the Banner are in the way they can play the game. If they revert to using Patrick Donnellan as a sweeper the next day they can accommodate that too, he insisted.
"We've some fantastic players and Davy sets us out in a way that we think we're going to win games," he said.
"If that involves a sweeper then it involves a sweeper. But we can play different ways and I think we've shown that over the years."