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Wednesday 16 August 2017

blues captain paints A VERY BRIGHT FUTURE

Skerries skipper Lyndsey Davey following the path of Bryan Cullen

AT the Captain's Table, it is often more about what you do than what you say.

The Skerries community value their skippers more than most.

Lyndsey Davey now stands on the bridge of the Blue Armada.

She is one of the most diligent forwards in the country.

Making the hard yards. Making an option for a colleague, and always clipping in with a pocketful of scores.

Two points here, three there. A golden goal or two.

FEAT

Or maybe even four, a feat she achieved against Tyrone in the National League last season.

She talks of those that have worn the arm-band before her.

"Dublin have had great captains in the past.

"The likes of Martina Farrell, Denise Masterson and Sinead Goldrick, so I know I have big boots to fill."

Skerries Harps have also had a famous leader, Bryan Cullen - 2011 produced a stunning September night in the village.

The previous day, Dublin had won their first All-Ireland SFC title in 16 years.

The Harps crew went quickly to work in organising the homecoming.

It was an occasion Lyndsey will never forget. Bryan coming down the main street on top of the open-topped bus with Sam.

Thousands were on the Skerries streets that night.

It was a moment in time that will never grow old.

"It's a great honour for the club to now have two Dublin senior captains," acknowledges Lyndsey.

"And the club is going from strength to strength, especially with the new clubhouse.

"It's a fantastic achievement by all those that have made the new clubhouse possible."

The Harps faithful have been applauding Lyndsey in the Dublin jersey since 2004.

It was under another Dublin captain, goalkeeping great, John O'Leary, that she made her senior debut.

It was the All-Ireland quarter-final against Donegal, and Lyndsey made a tidy contribution to the success.

The Dubs made the All-Ireland final that year. They lost to Galway. Lyndsey was back in Croke Park when Cork edged past Dublin five years later, but then came jackpot day in 2010.

She has seen the sport bloom and grown through the chapters.

"The profile of the game is better now than ever.

"TG4 have done so much to showcase ladies football.

"And then you have the success of the Irish women's rugby team and the attention that has brought.

"And, of course, Katie Taylor, has been absolutely brilliant for women's sport."

WONDER GOAL

So too Stephanie Roche and her wonder goal.

Lyndsey was an accomplished soccer player herself, wearing the green of Ireland and excelling at the game at Skerries Community College.

"For Dublin, the AIG sponsorship has been a big boost."

Lyndsey has earned her stripes. She served her time as vice-captain of the Jackies.

Getting the big job saw the texts flooding in.

"My family and friends were thrilled. It's a massive honour to be appointed the Dublin captain."

And, like all good skippers, Lyndsey keeps a close eye on the forecast.

"It's looking good for Dublin. There's tremendous talent in the county. The young players are coming through."

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