There is no doubting the passion (great to see) that exists around Dublin hurling – and the frustration. But I think there has been a lot of unrealistic expectation in recent times. God forbid but sometimes I think it’s like the English soccer or Irish rugby teams.
Yes we won a Leinster and a League - both fantastic achievements – but even in Daly’s time we had no real consistency. With a bit of luck we could have won Liam in 2013 – so could Cork – and they were no great shakes – nor were Clare who did. I cannot recall us beating any Munster team in Championship hurling though I could be wrong.
I played hurling in school and love watching the game and would not profess to have a fraction of the knowledge some lads here have but there are a couple of [amateur] observations I would make in general.
Firstly there is no doubting the impact football has on the game and Cormac, Con and CK are living examples of that. Secondly I often wonder do we coach the natural skill out of our hurlers? I see lads at Feile and even pucking a ball around at PP and they are as wristy as anyone. Do we encourage that – or do we knock it out of them? Maybe it depends on the coaching regime. Thirdly we seem to change our game plan with the wind. There is no style you could really associate with a Dublin team. We seem to mimic whatever is the order of the day. Maybe we should work on this, developing some system that suits the players we are developing – in general terms – not in the sense of producing robotic players and teams. Lastly, I have always lamented our lack of physicality – at all levels. In particular, the simple art of planting your feet in the ground and using your arse and not getting horsed off the ball does not seem to be in our DNA. We very very rarely will win a ball in that scenario and it happens maybe 20 times in a game. And it has been like that forever.
Yes the current situation is a bloody mess but it is not the sole reason for all our ills. A lot of money has been invested and at this time it is not looking like money well spent. It is a huge pity and maybe there is need for a fundamental review of where we are and where we are going. There are far too many good people in Dublin hurling, far too many good players for things to be as bad as they are.