West Kerry by the hand of God - No by the hands of Gavin Curran

By Murt Murphy for kerrygaa.ie 
West Kerry are fortunate in many ways to have a captain who leads by example, a player who will provide that bit of inspiration from time to time, someone who is dependable, and in Gavin Curran's case, a player with a safe pair of hands in every sense of the word!
Yes, Dingle custodian Gavin Curran is not only a reliable and excellent goalkeeper, but he is also the West Kerry captain and when his side were under pressure in both halves, when Kilcummin threatened to breach West Kerry lines, Curran stood firm and denied them making a couple of top drawer saves.
But most important of all, Curran dealt efficiently with anything that came his way, and that makes it much easier for a defence to operate, knowing that their last line of defence will not let them down!Curran who played with PS Chorca Dhuibhne this year in the Munster Final was happy with the way West Kerry played and beat the champions, Kilcummin in the process "It was all down to the hard work I think put in by the lads. Kilcummin came back to level the contest but we pulled away again. We have been working all year for this and they were always going to fight back, because they are the champions, but we just wanted to get to the final and we are there now. We want too make up for last year when we lost to Legion and some of the lads as well lost the Corn Ui Mhuiri Final so we want to make up for those reverses, put everything right and tonight was another step along the way"

Curran explains that part of the reason why they are in the County Final is that they play more like a club side than a divisional side and they are all best friends " I think that we are lucky that we all get on so well together, we are all best friends and we play as a unit. We never think of clubs or a player will pass it to player from his own club rather than a better placed team-mate from another club. It just does not come in to the equation- we play as a team, win as team and that ethic have stood us well. There are no stars as such , no heroes we just work and encourage each other and despite the fact that some of the lads are very young, I think we had four U-16's out there tonight at one stage, they all have bought into the team ethos"

Curran always knew that Kilcummin were going to come back strong "We were in front against Crokes last week and they came back strong at us so we knew that Kilcummin were going to come back at us in the second half, after all they are county champions. It's been that way all season that teams come back at us but that is always going to happen when you are playing quality sides. You will never dominate a game from start to finish- you just have to hope that you make hay when you are in control. We will be hoping now to put anything that's needs to be improved on, right for the final and we are really looking forward to it.

The skipper feels that the team are just coming right and that they are hungry for success "I think that we want to win this County Championship because as I said earlier, there aren't very many of us that have County final medals and we lost the Corn Ui Mhuiri final so we would like to finish our season off with a win, so we will be sticking together and making sure everyone is focused on the job ahead"
Curran rates Diarmuid Murphy as his role model and hero but he wants his place on the Dingle senior team " Diarmuid is the best and I have learned a lot from him but .........I thought he would be retired by now to tell you the truth ........" Curran quips, but he will in time be succeed the great Diarmuid, and if he enjoys half the success of one of Kerry's finest well then - he will have delivered on the rich promise he has been showing this year with West Kerry and Dingle!