Thursday 27 October 2016

Blues hoping for choir to lift the hot tin roof

COME on you girls in Blue. And boys too. That's the shout this week from the Dublin players ahead of their Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Championship opener against Kilkenny in Parnell Park this Saturday (2.30).

The Dubs are hoping for a big following in Donnycarney.

"It would be great if everybody spread the word about the game.

"Hopefully the county will get behind us and we'll get a good support," states Sile Nic Coitir.

Sile is among a number of injury concerns for Shane O'Brien and his management team.

There's a cluster of players in a race to be fit for the tie.


"Unfortunately, I have been injured, and the match might arrive just a little too soon for me," admits Sile.

Yet there's excellent strength in depth in the squad as the Dubs fine tune preparations to tackle the All-Ireland runners-up.

The spirit in the camp is upbeat, and the echo of the panel's own Super Sunday is still lingering.

A couple of weeks ago, the players and management packed in quite a day.

They had early mass in Glencullen (8am). They then had a training session with the team's ambassador, Danny Sutcliffe, at the home of the Stars of Erin.

After that, there was a team building session at Bray Emmets, followed by a visit to Jump Zone, Sandyford.

Lunch at Johnny Fox's was certainly well earned. The grub was good. And the banter too.

And everybody still had enough energy to go for a walk in the Dublin Mountains.

On Saturday, they'd walk a million miles for a win against the Cats.

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