Dublin's Danny insists game-time is so vital
MAY 31st. Danny Sutcliffe has the date well pencilled in on the calendar.
Dublin against Galway in the quarter-final of the Leinster Hurling Championship.
It's always at the back of the mind. Now and then, he glances at the wonder wall at home.
But he's not one to look back in anger.
Dublin were only one step from heaven two years ago. Cork beat them in the All-Ireland semi-final.
"I wouldn't really look back on that. I try to stay in the present.
"We have got many new players in since then. I suppose you could use it as an example of where we got to, and where we'd like to go again."
Dublin's run in the National League is central to that goal, he feels.
"The League means games. Getting to the quarter-final gave us another game. And then beating Limerick meant we got one more."
Close but no cigar by the banks of the Nore on Sunday.
But still a marvellous 70 minutes to get in mid-April.
"The more game time you get the better. If you finish early in the League, there's a long gap to the Club Championship and then to the start of the Leinster Championship.
"I think that's the best way of looking at it. If you start thinking of silverware, you might take your eye off the performance.
"If you are performing well in the League, it sets you up for the summer. The key to it is performing well."
He wants to quickly banish the memory of last season. "I had more injuries than Jonathan Woodgate!"
The club provided an oasis of calm.
"It was great going back to the club because I had such a poor year with the county.
"The set-up at Jude's was excellent with the training and everything. We got to our first ever Dublin Senior Hurling Championship semi-final. And then the final."