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Monday 5 December 2016

deirdre delights dublin fan club

SHE has settled snugly in blue. A favourite part of the furniture.

Deirdre Johnstone was playing for the St Vincent's Senior 'B' team last year.

Now, she's a top performer on the senior inter-county stage.

She collected a 2014 Soaring Star award.

"It was a nice surprise, but it was everybody's award.

"I wouldn't have got it without all the help of my team-mates," reflects Deirdre.

She was also honoured with selection on the AIG Dublin camogie Dubs Stars. That call rewarded her excellence for the Marino Minstrels.

EXCELLENT

Vins lost the Dublin Senior 'B' Championship final in October to an excellent, experienced Erin's Isle team.

Yet to those who stood on the terraces of O'Toole Park that day, Deirdre's class was very evident.

She was the Vincent's captain. She played centre half-back. She was majestic.

"It was good to reach the final, but unfortunately we didn't win it."

She made her senior Dublin debut in Division 1 of the National League against Derry in Bray.

She played corner-back. She has faced some top forwards, and she has coped superbly.

She has a commendable temperament.

She has good company in the Dublin full-back line, respected names like Rose Collins and Catriona Power.

And Deirdre also has a cluster of club colleagues on the Dublin bus - Ali Maguire, Sarah O'Donovan, Aisling Maher, Aine Fanning and Mary Cronin.

Another St Vincent's player is Carolanne Canning. She scooped a 2013 Soaring Star award. She's a daughter of one of Dublin football's most respected figures, Paddy Canning.

Deirdre's displays have impressed Dublin manager, Shane O'Brien, and his cohorts, and she's delighted to be in the mix.

"It's a big step up to senior inter-county.

"It's a challenge, but I am really enjoying it. It's a very high standard, and it's terrific to be involved at this level.

"We have a lovely group. They have been very helpful to me.

"They are super girls.

"It's good to be coming up against the likes of Cork and Kilkenny, really top sides.

"We played well against Cork in Parnell Park. They are the All-Ireland champions.

"It looked like we were going to beat them, but they just managed to pull away in the end.

"Yet we had a good campaign.

"And we'll take plenty of positives from it."

Just like the county followers will take much encouragement from Deirdre's polished presence in the Dublin defence. Bright days are around the corner.

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