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Friday 9 December 2016

County chief commends Championship initiative

DUBLIN manager, Gregory McGonigle, applauds the Leinster Council for introducing this season's round-robin system.

The Dubs have stretched so far into the distance that nobody can live with them in the province.

The Ladies Leinster Council organised a Group involving Westmeath, Meath and Laois.

The counties played two games each. Westmeath won their two matches to proceed to the Leinster final, while Laois will now face the Dubs in Sunday's semi-final.

"It's a decent initiative. It gives the other counties game-time," reflects Gregory.

A priority for the Leinster president, Finbarr O'Driscoll, is to make the provincial Championship more competitive.

But, for the moment, Dublin are the undisputed Leinster leaders.

And the Blues boss is happy to see more and more young players making the breakthrough at the top level.

"Last year, you had the likes of Molly Lamb doing so well with the U21s. She pushed on and she ended up starting in the All-Ireland senior final.

"Likewise, Olwen Carey has taken on the baton from her form in last season's U21 Championship, and now she's a regular on the senior team.

"Such progress is very encouraging."

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