Positive about Kerry for the All-Ireland

Nobody ever achieved anything really worthwhile by saying, in a half-hearted way, ‘sure, I’ll have a try’.

We have to believe we can do it. We have to be positive.

That’s why the last thing Kerry footballers need in the run-up to Saturday’s All-Ireland Final replay with Dublin is the slightest, the tiniest, hint of negativity. These are extraordinary times in Gaelic football. Dublin have dominated the game for the past decade, winning SIX All-Ireland titles since 2011. Now they want to make it five in a row.

But these are extraordinary times in Kerry as well. This county has a remarkable record when it comes to football, with 37 Championship wins. That’s way ahead of all other counties, including Dublin.

And this is a brilliant Kerry team. They are young, supremely talented, athletic, skilful and courageous. And, more importantly, they are proven winners. This team is the blending of razor-sharp flair and genius, youth and experience.

Kerry is a team formed by heritage and natural aptitude, an innate facility and inventiveness. Many people doubted this team before the drawn game. But not any more. They put it up to Dublin when many feared they would be routed.

Now Kerry’s confidence has grown. They know they have the measure of Dublin. They can be positive about that.