In this week’s Teamsheet Tuesday we cast our minds back to 2013, when Dublin won the Leinster Senior Hurling Championship for the first time since 1961, overcoming Galway in the final at Croke Park on a scoreline of 2-25 to 2-12.
The Dubs, led by Anthony Daly who was spearheading a revolution in the capital’s hurling fortunes, were full value for their win on the day.
Under Daly, the Boys In Blue made some giant strides forward in terms of progress on the field.
They won the 2011 National Hurling League and reached the All Ireland semi-final in that same year. In 2013 they were a whisker away from an All Ireland final but for a defeat to Cork after a red card at a crucial stage in the game, having won the Leinster championship earlier that summer.
Now is probably a better time than any for hurling fans in Dublin to reminisce on that glorious July day in Croker back in 2013, having been trounced by the Tribesmen in Sunday’s Leinster quarter-final. When the sides met in the provincial decider of 2013, the Dubs ran out winnners with twelve points to spare, in Tullamore last weekend it was the men from the West who had a 14 point cushion at the final whistle.
What has gone wrong for the Dublin hurlers over the past few years? For starters, of the team that took the field in the county’s final game under Daly’s reign against Tipperary in 2014, only two lined out on Sunday.
With such an overhaul and turnover in personnel on the playing field since Ger Cunningham has stepped in as bainisteoir, there are many questions being asked with not a lot of answers surfacing.
So, let’s see how many of the heroes who brought home that historic Bob O’Keefe Cup to the banks of the Liffey you can remember.
You have five minutes. Good luck!
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