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Dublin hurling captain John McCaffrey says that underage titles need to be converted into senior success if the Dubs are really to be considered among hurling’s elite.
[box]“We’re not going to be remembered for winning under-age. We want to be remembered for winning senior inter-county titles. We all came up through the ranks together and that’s the thing we want,”[/box]
“We’re not going to be remembered for winning under-age. We want to be remembered for winning senior inter-county titles. We all came up through the ranks together and that’s the thing we want,” says the Lucan Sarsfields man who captained Dublin to both minor and U21 Leinster Championship success.
McCaffrey would love to see Dublin fans converge on Croke Park this Sunday for the Allianz NHL Division 1 final against Kilkenny (4.0) as the boys in blue attempt to secure their first top-flight league title since 1946.
“A great atmosphere with a great crowd can help you in the last 20 minutes but we know that the people who turn up are the people who want to be there,” says McCaffrey.
“It’s an unusual place for us to be in against them, unbeaten after playing them in two games this year, but this is a different task. Coming close to championship, the ground is a lot harder, everyone’s in flying form and it will be high-intensity with massive hits.
“We’re not going to get a second on the ball but we’re well prepared for that.
“It would be massive for the county to win a Division 1 title, in our first final appearance in 65 years. For the team itself, it would be a huge step along the way to where we want to go. A lot of the lads in there have been around a while.
“The focus is on Sunday but we have other goals for the summer ahead. And whatever the result is, we have bigger fish to fry.”