I thought all year Moran should have been hitting the distance frees. Hedgo was on them, but wasn’t great - we left a good few scores behind because of it.
But fair play to Kenny, I would have thought starting with the six forwards we did would have meant Tipp would have it handy. But he knew his players and what they can do. My feeling when I saw the team was that yes it has a bit more pace and touch then normal, but they will never win enough ball. It was always a quandary I had, do we go with the hurlers or the ball winners - and it seems we have found we can do both. Which is game changing really.
I was delighted to read too that Hedgo was doing well under the dropping ball. I had a worry that he lacked a bit of confidence against the better teams (although that was alleviated a bit in the Waterford game). That’s a type of player we have really been missing.
Delighted too Nolan was back and showed no ill effects from his dropped ball against Waterford. We are well served with keepers in Dublin.
I wonder how that effects Rushe now? In a way he is more then just one player when he plays, a huge amount of the game plan is built around him. Maybe they have found now they have a better game plan (or two game plans). But for me, I think it is interesting that we won with six forwards who are alll multi faceted (win ball, fight for ball, pace, score etc). When we play with Burke and Rushe, we have one specialist score taker and one specialist dirty ball winner, but that maybe takes from other aspects of our forward play.
It’s geting late now for Keaney and Schutte to be getting games before the championship. Hopefully one or both can make some sort of an appearance against Limerick.
But as regards Kenny - definitely 10 of 10 for his first league. And it’s not like he is just leveraging 100% of what Gilroy did. Sure he is taking the best of it, but he is adding the likes of O Rourke and Hetherton too.
Thanks to everyone who went for their comments. You get a much better flavor of the game here then in the general media.