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Tuesday 6 December 2016

Boden's Baker is hot in the kitchen

Frank serves a tray of treats for the Boden Boys

IF Mayo win Sam, there will be cream buns for everybody in the audience.

Frank Basquel owns Trubake in Rathmines. They are the new sponsors of the Ballyboden St Enda's senior footballers.

The Basquels are Mayo folk. With Boden bones.

It's Thursday night at Páirc Uí Mhurchú. The footballers have just finished training.

Darragh Nelson is the captain. He knows the place well.

He's been a Boden boy since he was nine. Looking out over the railings at players like Collie Moran.

And going to watch his Dublin heroes like Bryan Cullen. "I was always looking out for him at the Dublin games. I admired him a lot.

"And it was nice to actually get to play with Bryan for a couple of years with Dublin," reflects Darragh.

It was Boden's Dublin Senior Football Championship victory in 2009 that earned Darragh the county call.

In the final, Boden beat St Jude's. He played for the Dublin U21s under Jim Gavin. Then Pat Gilroy brought him onto the seniors.

"It was great to be a part of the All-Ireland wins in 2011 and 2013. And also to have played in the All-Ireland U21 win in 2010. They are good memories to have."

Everybody remembers Boden's classical semi-final duel with Kilmacud Crokes in 2009. "They were epic matches. We had to play them three times. We beat them in the third game after extra-time.

"It was great to come through a tie like that. People were saying it reminded them of the Dublin-Meath four-timer in 1991."

The club were due to meet again last Saturday in the county championship, but the draw between Dublin and Galway in the hurling has seen it go on the back-burner.

"Hopefully it will be another good encounter against them," says Darragh.

He fully realises that these are the matches you have to win to lift the Clery Cup.

"The club game is nearly as competitive as the county," he judges.

"The professionalism that is now going into the club scene is really up there. Dublin is very, very strong."

He's thrilled to be skipper. He takes over from his good pal, Darren O'Reilly. "It's a big honour."

There could be the added bonus of some free bread rolls - but no Mayo!

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