William Harmon has had little time to reflect on Kerins O’Rahillys Munster championship win as he was busy, along with his fellow selectors, with preparations for the upcoming All Ireland semi final next Sunday vs Kilmacud Crokes.
The Strand Road outfit have become masters at just getting over the line with their last 3 wins being by the minimum margin - William believes that this mentality comes from past adversities where they fell at the final or penultimate hurdles and has made them a very committed, driven group.
The sparkling football seen in the win over Templenoe has not been replicated since but there were reasons for this and all outside the control of management - for instance, there was a five week gap to the Eire Og game, the early dismissal of David ( Moran) in that same game and not being able to assemble a full panel for training due to the absence of Jack, Cormac, Gavin & Cian - the Christmas break has been kind however and has afforded management four weeks with almost a full panel - “ The lads are excited, motivated and have made many sacrifices these past four weeks and will be ready for Croke Park on Sunday” William said - indeed it's not the only time he has mentioned sacrifices admitting its a pleasure to work with this group.
Winning a Kerry and Munster championship is no fluke or flash in the pan, he continued, with the club having played 4 finals in the past two years - prior to that they exited the county championship in 2018 and 2019 to Dr Crokes and East Kerry respectively - both went on to claim the ultimate prize.
The opportunity to play in Croke Park is, according to William “ every child's dream and to play there with your club is the cherry on top - we have the likes of David, Tommy, Barry John,Cormac & Jack who all have been there with Kerry and won and they will provide leadership and guidance to the group - at the end of the day each and every player will support one another and will not be fazed by the opposition or venue”.
William knows only too well the task ahead with Kilmacud winning back to back Dublin and Leinster championships - their failure to claim All Ireland honours last year will make them more determined than before and the addition of Galway’s Shane Walsh is a huge bonus.
However, William and his management team have left no stone unturned with their preparations, their focus is firmly on themselves - fifteen men and more will realize their ambitions to play for their club in Croke Park on Sunday following in the footsteps of some former Strand Road greats - maybe, they will make their own special piece of footballing history!