There’s a tradition in Kerry of playing the game in a certain way, as a marquee forward, and it’s almost impossible to look at David Clifford, now, and not spot some brilliant/awful mix of Fitzgerald and Cooper, in kicking style and composure and ability to score points from distance and spot goal chances. That started a conversation on chains of talent in various positions (Cork hurling goalkeepers, for example) and there’s a football club out this weekend who’ve reproduced talented forwards through the generations.
Anyone who saw Dinny Allen play can talk of that spark of genius; that ability to come up with something unexpected and brilliant. Corkery was a metronomic free-taker, but he was unique in how he played the game.
Masters was similarly willing to mix the reliability of kicking point after point with the freedom to try something off the cuff on the ball.
Nemo tend to manage those transitions well, ensuring that there are usually enough people in the dressing-room who’ve seen the application and culture of a previous era, and picked up their habits. It’s often mentioned as a factor in Cork football’s fall after 2012, the loss of so much big-game experience at once; the loss of players who knew when to quicken or slow the tempo of a game, when to manage a game, and when to go for it all out.