Dublin footballer Paul Flynn was at his GAA club, Fingallians, yesterday to launch the new Predator Incurza XTRX II boot.
It may be true that the football championship only truly begins on the August Bank Holiday weekend but the last few weeks have seen some early jockeying for positions among the runners and riders.
Last weekend saw the preamble gather pace.
Monaghan’s five-point defeat of Armagh in the Ulster semi-final on Saturday set the tone for events in Páirc Uí Chaoimh the next day when Kerry called a halt to laments for their passing as a potent force in the modern game.
Whatever of Cork’s limitations, it was the sort of performance the neutral wanted badly given the early summer suggestions that Jim Gavin’s Dublin were embarked not on a contest but a coronation towards September.
It was convenient, then, that yesterday delivered a chance to gather opinion on the lay of the land from Paul Flynn who was promoting the new adidas Predator Incurza XTRX II boot on his home turf of Fingallians GAA Club in Swords.
“I like to compare it to the World Cup because there is so much going on there and there are some of the best teams gone out of it and four of the best teams still in it. Teams like England, Italy and Spain have been knocked out. There’s no guarantees in soccer or any sport. With regards to this championship it is the exact same: anything could come out of it.
“There were good performances all over the country (at the weekend) and over the last number of weeks but I suppose our focus is mainly on Meath and that is all we can look at at the moment. I’d say Kerry probably gave the best performance of the year, they were class on Sunday. Still, it’s early doors, there is a lot of football to be played yet.”
As Flynn pointed out, Dublin’s focus is set squarely on their nearest and dearest neighbours. The pair will be meeting to contest their third straight Leinster decider in Croke Park on Sunday week.
It was Meath who had probably impressed the most so far this championship season until that one-sided Munster final and they have already bagged 9-29 to Dublin’s 4-46 in their opening pair of games against Carlow and Kildare.
Dublin’s defeats of Laois and Wexford have been attained without much stress, not on the scoresheet anyway, although Flynn acknowledged that the city side have some way to go before slipping in to automatic.
“We got the job done (against Wexford), which is the most important thing, but we probably didn’t play as well as we would liked against Laois. And even in patches against Wexford we didn’t play to our potential.
“We did show glimpses of it in the second-half, moreso than we did in the Laois game. It’s about building on each game and we have two good games under our belts now and two good wins so we’re happy enough.”
Dublin have done that despite having the considerable talents of Bernard Brogan at hand for all but the opening 24 minutes against Wexford, but the latest is the former footballer of the year is training and looks good to go.
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