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Fitzmaurice praises Kerry's spirit
31 Jan 2015 17:05
A “fierce collective spirit” was instrumental in Kerry’s march to All-Ireland glory in 2014, says their manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice.
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In a county that demands September success, Fitzmaurice was determined to make his mark in his second year in charge and to “finish the job off” after coming close to Dublin in the 2013 All-Ireland semi-final.
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In achieving that objective, the Finuge clubman was quick to salute his players, and the benefits gained from a training camp in Portugal.
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Speaking to RTÉ Sport, he said: “The single biggest reason we won the All-Ireland last year was due to the fierce collective spirit in the squad. The players were brothers really; they drove each other on. There were no egos."
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After Kerry’s less than impressive showing in last year’s league, there were doubts whether they could make a real charge to capture Sam Maguire.
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A warm weather camp in Portugal at the end of April saw the genesis of a togetherness that, according to Fitzmaurice, “grew and grew” as the summer progressed.
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“We came back as a real tight unit,” he added.
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“By the time we got to an All-Ireland final we were in a great position with regard to how close the squad were. That something we have to try and mind in 2015 if we can. We must keep that togetherness there."
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