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Tuesday 17 October 2017

Artful Ali insists Blues have talent to succeed

ALI TWOMEY is highly skilled. She causes the cat flap to dance from play or from frees.

She's an elegant stylist who can make the sliotar sing.

This is her fourth year on the Dublin senior team. She relishes the chance to don the blue. She considers it a prized privilege.

Good news came this season. 'How would you like to be vice-captain?'

"It was something I never expected."

She considers the county skipper, Louise O'Hara, the perfect role model.

"She is just brilliant at bringing everybody on. I have learned so much from her.

"She is a great ambassador for Dublin and camogie. The results have so often been disappointing, but Louise just keeps on coming back, year after year. She is an inspiration for us all."

Unbeaten

Group 1 hasn't been a picnic this summer. Defeats by Cork and Galway, while unbeaten Wexford come to the capital on Saturday.

"We have a lot to work on, but the talent is there. The players are there.

"We know we are in the most difficult group. Perhaps we might have had a better chance in the other group.

"But we are under no illusions. We are in with the best three teams in the country, and that is the level we have to aspire to."

Against the All-Ireland champions in Athenry, Dublin had pockets of promise, especially for a chapter in the second half.

They'll aim to produce the same resolve against Wexford. "Wexford have beaten us twice already this season, but we'll go out and do our best to get somethings from the game. We have nothing to lose."

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