MICK Bohan pulled out the GPS. The TG4 All-Ireland Senior Championship. Cavan first.
here is another Leinster title that shines in the cabinet. But the eye was still on “the biggest prize to come”.
Bohan has always appreciated the Leinster chalice. But, perhaps, he enjoyed this one more than anything.
There was a time, and not too long ago, when the Dubs won the provincial crown at a gallop.
The Royals have changed the landscape. And last month’s meeting at Croke Park was full of high expectations.
The match fell short of the excitement of the Counties clash at Parnell Park a few weeks earlier. But it was still brimming with intrigue.
Dublin got there by two points, but as Bohan recounted: “It could have gone either way.”
And if Meath had won, Dublin wouldn’t have changed the twins.
“No, no matter what happened in the Leinster final, we were still looking forward to the All-Ireland series.”
Dublin started the journey on a gray Saturday at Mullingar. The city organized the Bachelor Festival.
And Westmeath hosted the Dubs in the compact Cusack Park.
Dublin started with a sprint. And they haven’t stopped running since.
The players who had the shirt were determined to keep it. The queue to enter the top 15 stretches along O’Connell Street.
“The team is so important,” says Bohan. “And we’re happy with how it’s developed this year. The players have come and done well.
He singled out right-back Jess Tobin.
“She was a revelation. It’s the best form of defense you can see. His foul count against is in single digits, which is unbelievable.
“The panel keeps changing, and you don’t really know who will show up over the summer. Games bring people. And, in that respect, we learned a lot from the Leinster Championship. »
Dublin will host Cavan on Saturday. They travel to Tipperary on June 19 before taking on Mayo at a neutral venue on June 25.
“Yes, everything is to play for now. We were missing some great players during the National League. Good to find them. »
One of them has long been a team heartthrob, Sinéad Goldrick. His presence in the half-back line always makes the team look much more formidable.
Crucial to keep the game running smoothly
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He often chats with his fellow managers. And they all share a common theme: “let us entertain you”.
“It’s about making sure the game is a better show. For all of us,” says Bohan.
He likes to see traffic move. Without a stop-go sign in sight.
“The players are so well conditioned now. And if during the game, someone crosses paths with another player, it’s not free. It was an accident,” he said.
“It’s not intentional. It’s just something that happens in the flow and in the speed of the game.
“These are the negatives that people want to see out. Fouls like pulling and dragging. Someone holding a jersey. Nobody wants to see that kind of thing. Or if a player takes a large number of steps.
“But, in general, people want to see the game move as much as possible. And players get frustrated if the whistle goes off because they collided with someone.
“It’s all about consistency. Have everyone on the same page. For the good of all. »
Dublin and Meath have already provided a gripping trilogy this season. Two teams that get people out of their seats. And through the turnstiles.
Football at its best. There, they give everything. And do it with such honest effort. And with such physical form. And competence.
The team is full of fantastic leaders – Carla Rowe
THE cheers carried all the way from the Naul. North County. House of Clann Mhuire.
There was one of their own, Carla Rowe, walking up the steps of the Hogan. To retrieve the Mary Ramsbottom Cup. With joint skipper Niamh Collins.
Rowe was delighted with this honor. And now she relishes the thought of recovering from an injury and getting back on the grass. And back to the team.
Championship matches will come at a knot pace. “That’s what you want,” Rowe said. “You want to play as many games as possible.
“It’s the competitive games where you learn the most. You can play as many challenge matches as you want, but it’s not the same.
Rowe says the Dublin team is full of armbands.
“We have leaders all over the field. It was a great honor for me and Niamh to climb the Hogan steps and win the Leinster trophy, but they are a fantastic group of players.
“Everyone works so hard for each other on the pitch. Sometimes you have to be patient. Work as a team. Keep working trying to find those little pockets. And to do that, everyone has to play a role.
She adds that their sights are now on Cavan this week.
“Winning Leinster was great, but it’s just one step in our season. We all know our ultimate goal at the end of the day.
“We are moving fast now. And we will continue to work hard and try to improve.