All Star nominee Niall Daly is hoping to cap a year to remember by helping Pádraig Pearses to their first ever senior county title.
When he spoke to the press at the club’s recent press night, Niall said that when Pearses lost to neighbour Clann na nGael, it was “the making of the team”.
“Looking back on the championship I would say that losing to Clann was the making of us this year. We learned a lot from that game. We had a lot of harsh words in the dressing room after that game which was probably no harm. We had a good hard look at ourselves that Sunday evening and we went out against Brigid’s after that and produced a decent performance.
The star defender has enjoyed the non-stop football action this season. “This year’s club championship has taken on a life of its own. It’s been so short and played off so quickly; we have been playing almost every week. It’s a format I like. There is not much training between games and like most players I prefer to be playing games. It’s a matter of trying to stay in shape and get out on the field in the best way possible for every game.
Looking ahead to Sunday, Niall said: “The Gaels will be a huge challenge for us. They have so many great players like Davy O’Gara, Scottie Oates, Cian Connolly, and Mark Healy and they have some good young players too like Peter Gillooly and Tim Lambe, so we are going to have to be really on our game to be competitive with them”.