It takes two to tango in an All-Ireland Final, and Paddy Andrews knows the trials and tribulations of Championship Football as they come up against Kerry in the All-Ireland Senior Football this weekend.
A mammoth task awaits both sides this weekend. On one hand, Dublin are on the quest of rewriting the history books if they manage to pull off a historic five ever five-in-a-row.
For Kerry, they face one of the biggest challenges in Gaelic football history in trying to stop that ‘Drive for Five’ – a feat that has never been achieved with Offaly stopping Kerry from winning a fifth Sam Maguire triumph on the bounce in 1982.
“It’s a great joy to be a part of this group and with the success we have had over the last couple of years, it’s just an exciting time for us as players, and an exciting time around the county,” Andrews said.
“You could see that, even before qualifying for the final, over the last couple of weeks – around the Summer Camps with kids, and around the clubs and things like that.
“There is a great atmosphere around, and all you can do as a player is embrace that.
“There’s no point in trying to hide behind anything like that. We have experience and we are lucky to have that experience.
“We know what to expect in the lead up to the final, but it doesn’t really change for us.
“It’s going to be hard work, with lots of preparation.
“We’ll review obviously what happened in the semi-final, and prepare for the challenge that Kerry are going to bring.”
Andrews says facing into the final game of the year – on the biggest stage of all – an All-Ireland final is where every player wants to be.
“There’s nowhere you would rather be. I am very excited about it.”
Speaking about five-in-a-row talk, Andrews says it’s something that’s hard to avoid.
“We know that people are going to talk about that, and I think that’s something more for the media and supporters and things like that and that’s fine.
“We want them to be excited about it. We know that they are very passionate about supporting the team, but as players we have to be focused.
“We can’t really lose sight of what we need to do. We know the challenge that Kerry are going to bring and we have to be focused on that.
“We can’t be caught up in talk about records or other things that are externally ourside of our control.
“That’s not going to help us. I think that’s the benefit we have of being in this situation before, and having that experience built up over the last number of years, that we know what we need to do, and we’ll just focus and prepare for that.”