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Saturday 19 August 2017

Deadly Dubs on course for record haul of All-Stars

ELEVEN All-Star nominations for the Jackies. Ten for Cork. It's unusual that the All-Ireland champions don't top the bill. But the verdict is all the better for that.

Dublin's excellent season was built on a secure defence, and breaking forward at pace. The entire full-back-line got the call - Rachel Ruddy, Sorcha Furlong and Leah Caffrey. And the whole full-forward line too - Lyndsey Davey, Sinead Aherne and Lindsay Peat.

Davey had one of her best seasons in blue. Peat's powerful presence is a big asset. Sinead has been a class act for years. So too Cliodhna O'Connor, perhaps the best 'keeper the game has known.

The presence of Sinead Goldrick and Siobhan McGrath bring much verve to the side. As do the dancing feet of Noelle Healy. Not many can live with her pace.

Carla Rowe has proven her worth in the big-time.

When they won the title in 2010, Dublin got six All-Stars (Rachel Ruddy, Siobhan McGrath, Gemma Fay, Denise Masterson, Amy McGuinness and Sinead Aherne).

And their tally in their runner-up years were three for 2003 (Maria Kavanagh, Martina Farrell and Angie McNally), four in 2004 (Cliodhna O'Connor, Louise Keegan, Bernie Finlay and Mary Nevin) and three again in 2009 (Cliodhna O'Connor, Siobhan McGrath and Sinead Aherne).

How many gongs will ring out across the city in November?

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