Dublin GAA’s ‘Drive for Five’ began in Portlaoise on Saturday night with an appropriate five goal, and 21 point, demolition of Leinster GAA rivals Louth.
We will have to wait for the next opponents following a dramatic draw between Kildare and Longford who will have to replay next weekend.
Louth scored the first point in the game but after that it was very much one-way traffic as the scoring went into overdrive.
Dublin could now be seven games away from creating history as the first Men’s team to win five All Ireland titles in a row.
A semi-final and a final in Leinster three games in the All Ireland Quarter Final or ‘Super 8’ Stage then a semi-final and a final at Croke Park on Sunday, September 2nd is the schedule should everything go to plan.
That is never as easy in reality though as it is on paper as Kerry and Kilkenny, the two most recent teams to attempt to win the five in a row can testify to.
Both of those made it to the All Ireland Final but could not climb the final peak.
Before them, Cork in Hurling in 1945, Wexford and Kerry in football in 1919 and 1933 respectively had fallen before making it to the Final.
It has become something of a holy grail but if Dublin need inspiration on how it can be done they need look no further than their sisters in Camogie who went beyond five twice in the 1950’s and 1960’s. Kilkenny did likewise more recently while both Kerry and Cork have exceeded that number in Ladies Football.
Paddy Power are quoting odds of 4/7 which equates to a little over a 57 per cent chance. Most fans of other counties and many pundits would think it was more likely than that. Dublin management and fans though will be more nervous and less sure of tempting fate.
One ball, one half, one game at a time. Then history can be spoken of.
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