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Friday 9 December 2016

Tommy Conroy: When you taste success you tend to want more

Tommy Conroy
Tommy Conroy

"GENUINELY," says Tommy Conroy. "We haven't spoken about it."

The 'it' to which Conroy hasn't referred is the prospect of St Vincent's winning three Dublin SFC titles in a row, standing as they are now, as defending champions, having stitched the 2013 and '14 wins together.

The Na Fianna team of Farrell, McGeeney, Sherlock et al did it in 2001 and a Thomas Davis side powered by the talents of Paul Curran completed their three-peat a decade earlier.

But in an era during which the Dublin SFC has secured its reputation as the hardest to win of any in the country and representatives of the capital have routinely won provincial and contested All-Ireland titles, a third title on the spin would be a hugely significant achievement, even for a club like Vincent's.

"We gave ourselves a bit of time to think about it," Conroy explains of the decision of his management to come back for a third season after the heartbreak of their All-Ireland club semi-final defeat to Corofin in February.

"The hunger is still there with us so we didn't think it would be a right time to go. We just took time over it and decided to stay with it."

"With the group, I still think they have ambition. They want to improve. They want to get better. That's very evident at the moment and improve."

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"Look, it hasn't been easy. There's no doubt about that. It was a tough one to take but again, when you taste success, you tend to want more of it and to try and improve."

Conroy's team take on Naomh Olaf's on Friday night in Parnell Park, confident they have managed the energy levels of a team on the go at such a high level for so long.

"You can get very, very tired of putting your boots on, week in, week out," he acknowledges.

"So we just try and mix it up a bit and vary things. I think it will be a little bit tense," he adds of the challenge of Olaf's.

"They're going very well in the League. They're playing the Dublin champions. They've nothing to lose. That's our challenge."

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