LUKE Dempsey hailed his all-conquering Moorefield side as the best group of players that he has ever worked with following the Moores’ Kildare SFC final win over Newbridge-neighbours Sarsfields last Sunday afternoon.
The experienced and much-travelled Dempsey exclaimed, “no matter how hard I try to rationalise how any group could want to win today more than Moorefield, I couldn’t,” following Moorefield’s 2-14 to 0-13 win at St Conleth’s Park.
Dempsey also admitted that his Moorefield adventure has re-ignited his passion for the game, admitting that his previous post in Carlow had sapped out of him much of his own belief in his own capabilities.
“But a better group of lads I have never worked with. To come off four tough years in Carlow, to come in and work with such a group where there was never absenteeism, there was never complaints about players losing their positions and you can see how that can reap dividends if you have the right group.
“The brilliant commitment that they give to their football – it is as simple as that. It is unbelievable. If I turn up at 7pm for a 7.45pm session, or if I turn up at 7.15pm for an 8pm session, there are lads there before me – they are just addicts to their football and they work as hard.
“They have a brilliant capacity to lift themselves to any advice. I am around a long time now – I am in my 50’s and I have managed for years – so if anything I can give advice and they listen to it…the commitment, dedication and no shortage of skill they have in abundance.
“For me myself, the last two years in Carlow were very tough personally; I stuck with it because I have great friends in Carlow but when I left I really felt that I needed a break. I felt that my confidence was gone a bit in terms of coaching and getting the best out of groups, so for me now in October having worked with these guys since last January, I feel back to where I used to feel, back to the Westmeath and Longford days.
“In that sense, the job that I love doing, I got my own rewards from those Moorefield lads,” concluded Dempsey who, in his first season in charge, has guided Moorefield to Aldridge Cup, SFL Division 1 and now Kildare Senior Football Championship glory.
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