Memories Oct 5, 2022 8:43:42 GMT
Post by givehimaball on Oct 5, 2022 8:43:42 GMT
I am old enough to recall consecutive defeats to Down and Galway. Then of course we had the arrival of Tyrone and , more recently, Dublin. One consolation , if it can be construed as a consolation , all those defeats had was they were inflicted by superb teams. The 2001 Meath annihilation belongs to a darker world.
Was that Meath team a superb outfit? No matter how generously you approach that question you could not answer in the affirmative. They won an an uninspiring All-Ireland in 1999 and subsequent to them eviscerating us in the 2001 semifinal they were similarly toasted, perhaps to not the same extent, by Galway in the final. This was a Galway team we had beaten in the 2000 final and a Galway team we would maul in 2002.
How then does one explain our capitulation against Meath? I don’t have an answer. It is like asking who killed JFK. Likely to remain forever a mystery. One of the great disappointments in the Kerry football story and perhaps the most inexplicable.
The glories of 2022 make it bearable to relive a day which bordered on the macabre.
One positive of the Meath nightmare is that I think it drove on a lot of players and helped fuel the subsequent All-Ireland wins.
If you look at the the younger players who played that day and the minors who lost to Dublin in the match before there was a lot of guys present that day who drove standards in the noughties. A fair few player over the years have mentioned it being a key game for them and how it drove them on.
This thread is about memories and in a way the Meath game is one of my most vivid Kerry memories - just the sheer blindsided shock of what happened, not that Kerry were beaten but just the absolute non-performance of the team.