ballyboden prepare to visit the Fox's den
New era at Boden but legendary Bill Daly spans generation game
WHEREVER Ballyboden St Enda's go, Bill Daly's spirit goes with them.
Bill's candle will never blow out in Páirc Uí Mhurchú.
He put the first bricks of the empire in place. Bill's Babes would go on to win Dublin, Leinster and All-Ireland titles.
So many would play for the county. Boden first won their Dublin Senior Championship in 2000. They completed the nine-in-a-row in 2008. They were champions again in 2010. Incredible.
Times have changed on the Firhouse Road, but Bill's legacy lives on.
Tomorrow night, Boden travel to Kilbogget Park to tackle Foxrock Cabinteely.
Boden coming to town will see a few more people on the terraces.
Earlier this season, there was a dress rehearsal. The two sides met in the season opener, The Cup.
The hosts were very impressive on the night, but Boden had their moments too.
They had noble contributions from the likes of Sarah O'Brien, Grainne O'Malley, Katie Murphy, Emma Grey, Ruth Gillen and Maria McGrath.
And just like when Boden were a super power of Dublin football, Foxrock Cabinteely are now among the leading contenders to capture the Michael Murphy Cup.
They did so for the first time in 2012. And they were back in the final last season.
Na Fianna beat them in a fabulous game in Swords. It underlined how far the sport has progressed in Dublin.
Eras come and go, and Boden are back building the bricks again, as manager, Derek Ward, relates:
"Yes, this is a different time now. We have a very young side these days. It's a work in progress, so to speak, but we are happy with the way things are going.
"We have a lot of players coming through the ranks. And several of our squad are minor or U21."
Derek runs the team with Pat McGrath, Declan O'Reilly, Seán Crowley and Tom Mullany.
"The Cup competition was very beneficial to us. It's great to get the matches under your belt," adds Derek.
"We have done a lot of preparation with the players. They have been working very hard.
"Their commitment to training is top-class. We couldn't fault them for anything, and we'll be giving the Championship 100 per cent."
And that's the way it always was for Bill.
"Bill Daly started off a great thing many years ago. It's all credit to Bill.
"He did so much for the club. He inspired us all. And he gave the girls a love of football."
Derek has seen the standards rise. "It keeps on improving. It's at a very high level now."
The Fox Cabs reached the Q mark in the Cup game a few weeks ago. They played some sparkling stuff.
Fiona Claffey led the way from full-forward. She collected a basket of scores.
Laura Nerney also left the building with a full trolley. Nuala Mohan, Olivia Crossan and Sinead Delahunty also did well.
Marla Candon showed impressive wisdom. Like all the best players, she keeps it simple. The kids embrace her example.
The Fox Cabs have a top management team - Peter Clarke, Angie McNally and Pat Ring.
Both clubs reside in Group B, alongside Clanna Gael Fontenoy and St Sylvester's, who meet in Ringsend tomorrow evening.