That was a great win, but Dublin were well superior, it should probably have been more comfortable then it was up to the last 5 minutes. The difference for me was just skill level, Dublin executed the skills better and got their rewards for it. I was sorry to see Sinead Finnegan have to leave the field so early, she has worked very hard over the years for her AI medal and would have liked to spend longer on the field I am sure. But she has it now, and it is well deserved.
It’s sort of wrong to discuss the differences with the men’s game, when the main issue is that we have won the All Ireland, but I do love their sin bin (better then black card) and I like their interpretation of what is a fair and a foul tackle. It is obvious to see when a free has been committed and it is not all left to the refs judgement like it is in men’s football. What I do not like the terminology employed by the media in relation to all this. For a start ‘ladies’ is such a judgemental thing and some throwback thing, we don’t call the men’s football, ‘gentlemen’s football’. Also the term ‘Jackies’ is horrible. To use any diminutive of a term that could be employed for the men’s team is wrong, but to even start with Jack, Jackie, Jackeen etc. is crazy. Jackeen is a studied insult of Dubliners, it always has been and always will. Why in the name of God would we start using it ourselves? I suppose there is some argument for ‘owning’ the insult, but I for one don’t want to own being called a West Brit, which is what this is about.