Gap too long, says O’Sullivan

Darran O’Sullivan is frustrated by the structure of the Munster and All-Ireland Championships and the long gaps between games.

Providing one of them win on Sunday, Kerry or Tipperary face two games in the space of three weeks.

The winners of the semi-final against Cork on June 10 must then wait four weeks for a Munster final.

If the provincial champions are decided on July 8, the gap to their All-Ireland quarter-final is a minimum of four weeks.

O’Sullivan would much prefer the games came thick and fast or at least on a regular basis. He called on the powers that be to alter the system.

“It’s one of them things that should be really thought out. It is a pain in the arse as a footballer waiting four or five weeks for a game.

“If your form is good for the first two games, when you’re playing five weeks later it’s very hard to keep that momentum going.

“It’s too long and something should be done. There are enough people up there (Croke Park) to be thinking of something.”

O’Sullivan admits the bigger teams do taper their preparations to coincide with bigger games later in the championship.

“There’s no point in being bouncing out of your skin come May, June, July even and just falling flat then in August and September. It’s a gradual build-up as you go along.”

O’Sullivan also revealed how sickness affected Kerry in the build-up to their Division 1 semi-final defeat to Mayo. Several players had stomach complaints a day prior to the game.

“In the morning (of the game), I was in the room and was talking to Colm (Cooper) and he was saying, ‘I don’t feel great’.

“I said, ‘Jees, I don’t feel great either’. I wasn’t too bad, but there were fellas who were shook enough.

“Even if you feel a small bit funny, you’re going into it mentally, ‘Jees, I’ll never last’. It just brings you down. There was a good few who had it but it was no excuse.”


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