Jim Gavin gives his thoughts on the preperations of the Dublin Senior Footballers ahead of the League Campaign
The holidays are well and truly, and this Sunday Jim Gavin will lead the Dublin Senior Footballers into his seventh Allianz National Football League campaign in charge. And in the six he’s already be in at the helm, Dublin have only lost one title. Their blip against Kerry in 2017 was restored last year with a win over Galway in the final.
This Sunday, they face Monaghan, the only team to beat them in the League competition last year. But Dublin’s record in Clones in the League is 100%. This will only be the fifth time the teams have met in St. Tiernach’s Park and Dublin have won the previous four. In 1997, Dublin won 2-07 to 1-07 in a Division 2 clash. Between 1998 and 2010 the league ties took place in Parnell Park, with Monaghan getting the upper hand over four games, winning two and drawing one. But since 2011 Dublin have headed to Clones three times and won on each occasion.
Jim Gavin will want points on the board before returning home next weekend for the first of this year’s Spring Series games in Croke Park against their opponents in last year’s final, Galway. And preperations have been going well for the Dublin manager and his panel. And DUBSTV paid the boys in blue a visit to get a closer look.
Just back from the winter break, Gavin says they’re really looking forward to their trip to Clones on Sunday.
“Monaghan have been so good over the last number of seasons”, Jim told DUBSTV, “they’ve been excellent in the Championship and have had some really solid League Campaigns”.
“They got such an experienced team and new players coming into the set up too. Malachy O’Rourke and his management team have done a fantastic job with Monaghan and Dublin v Monaghan games have been so close in recent seasons and it’s gonna be no different on Sunday”
New Stars On Then Horizon
The Dublin manager and his back room team tried out over forty players for their League panel and he said a lot of the selections were based on the players performances with their clubs in the recent Club Championship. And as a result some guys really put their hands up for spots on the Senior squad for the National League.
“We’ve brought a number of those players in, and hopefully we’ll be in a position to give them opportunities to show to us and the Dublin supporters, why they should be included in the Championship squad for 2019”.
“Division 1 and all the Divisions are so tough, particularly for us this year. We open up with Monaghan away, Galway at home, then Kerry away. And then we have Mayo, Roscommon, Tyrone, and finish up with Cavan. So that’s really a demanding schedule, but it’s really what you want”.
“Also we have the experimental rules to manage, we’re looking forward to that challenge and adapting to that. In some ways the games are conditioned now with those rules. But, you know, we’ll just get on with it and do our best. We’re just really looking forward to football over the next three months.
(video credit: DUBSTV via YouTube)