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25 signs that you're playing for your club in a GAA county final

It’s a county final lads, will ye show a bit of pride in the parish?

25. For once you don’t hate training under floodlights or in bad weather

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24. Getting the championship haircut is an essential task on the week of the match – but nothing too drastic

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23. The distribution of the free gear after training is a big deal and there will be inevitable complaints over sizes, colours, style etc

22. There is a generous spread of sandwiches after the last training session before the match

21. At some stage during the week, you’ll hear the phrase – ‘It’s two goalposts and a field like any other ye’ve played on lads’

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20. If you’re a veteran of the squad, you wonder is this your last chance to win a county

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19. If you’re a young lad, you wonder what all the fuss is about

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18. Productivity at work isn’t the best for the week before the match as you while the time way

17. Everyone you meet has the same message before the match

16. You notice that the local school has got a makeover

15. You see the bunting and colour up all over the parish

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14. If you’re working, you fire this text message off to the boss

13. If you’re in college, you’re glad not to have to make up an excuse for skipping lectures or avoiding the library next week

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12. You go to mass on the morning of the match and avoid the auld lads trying to talk GAA at the back of the church

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11. You’re fairly sick of drinking gallons of water at this stage

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10, You try to stomach that pre-match meal, wondering was there ever a time you ate something other than chicken and pasta

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9. You face the big pre-match debate – studs or moldies?

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8. Packing the gear bag is a task that you put time and effort into

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7. The mother has bought new Holy Water to throw at you before you head out the door

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6. The father pulls you aside for those key words of wisdom

5. You’re glad when the bus journey is over and you arrive at the stadium

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4. There’s always one part of the match programme player profile that provokes a laugh

3. You listen to the club manager deliver the most rousing speech of his life

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2. Finally you run out on the pitch, get set to give it 110% and show your pride in the parish

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1. And you never forget that it’s all about getting your hands on the cup and bringing it home

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