Garda GAA club’s senior men’s footballers were celebrating last week when they finally secured the Adult Football League Division 4 title as well as promotion to Division 3.
Victory against O’Dwyers at their Westmanstown home and Round Tower’s losing 3-15 to 0-7 against St Jude’s gave them the arithmetical advantage that they could not be caught by any of their rivals in the few remaining fixtures in the league.
Having spent several years in the league, their elevation to the next level has been met by great celebrations among the team and at the club, something that was welcomed by team manager Brian Talty when he spoke to GazetteSport last week.
“It is a huge thing for the club as well as for the lads themselves who have put in a huge effort since January. They are working and training hard, and were committed to the whole goal of getting up into Division 3. Once they set their sights on that at the beginning of the year, they didn’t waver and did what had to be done.
“They prepared so well, with the backing of the committee, they drove on. It’s good for any club to be moving up. We have been trying for a few years to get up to Division 3, and we are up there now.
Talty said that his expectations for the team in Division 3 when they commence that campaign will be realistic, and the team will be well versed with what they will be up against.
“I have trained in the other divisions, and obviously the standards are higher the higher up the divisions you go. Division 3 is a hard one to get out of, but we will sit down at the beginning of the year and set our goals then.
“We are hoping to compete well up there next year.”
There was a pointed change of tack that Talty attributes to Garda’s success in 2013 compared to previous years in Division 4.
“This year we got on a run of winning games, and when the break came for Dublin football in June, we decided to push through and keep on training just as hard, as opposed to taking a break. That helped us when the league started back up again, we took it as a new start, and we have kept on going through those games.”
As far as the approach to their campaign is concerned, Talty is certain that it will be business as usual.
“I think how we approach Division 3 will be an extension of what we worked on this year, as well as bringing in some new players, too. The team works hard on the training ground, and they can see the results of that hard work now.”