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Tuesday 27 September 2016

dubs determined to take the title

THE Dubs have arrived in the Division 3 National League final with a flourish.

The blue flags will be flying in Mullingar next Sunday.

Cusack Park will host the game between Dublin and Carlow.

It will be the curtain raiser to the Leinster Senior Hurling Championship clash between Westmeath and Carlow.

"So far so good, but we need now to deliver on Sunday," states manager Ken Keoghan.

"The girls played very well in the first half of the semi-final against Limerick. But we now have to produce our best for the full hour."

Reaching the final has cheered the capital.

"Yes, it's another boost for Dublin Camogie. It's nice to be looking forward to a National League final," said Ken.

prize

Last May, Dublin also made it to the Division 3 final. It was held at Edenderry.

A very good Westmeath side took the prize, but Dublin still have several of the personnel that were on duty that day.

"There's a good blend in the squad. There are girls who have been at this level for a while and we have also introduced new faces this season," explains Ken.

The captain is Michelle Kelly, the commanding centre half-back, and the sister of the Dublin hurler Peter.

Elaine Gallery is the vice-captain. She can make the sliotar hum. And Joelenne Hoary also adds the dash of class.

Against Limerick in the semi-final, Ali McGrath's high-fielding made the headlines.

Jennifer Browne and Rachel Noctor excelled at midfield, while Emer Maher and Carolanne Canning brought much industry to the stage.

And all season, the defence hasn't given away a sausage. Between the sticks is the accomplished Aishling Spillane.

Dublin will be trying to maintain their unbeaten record against the Barrow, who toppled Roscommon in the semi-final.

Roscommon are the only county that have taken a point off the Dubs. That was on the opening day at Bray.

Since then, Dublin have beaten Armagh and Carlow away and Limerick at home before overcoming Limerick again in the semi-final.

Carlow's only loss was against Dublin. They beat Roscommon in the last four.

Dublin's drive and fitness have been impressive. Strength and conditioning coach Andy Timmons has been busy.

Ken's managerial colleagues also include Mark Berigan, Podge McCormack and Ann Colgan.

Management and players are now planning to produce a super Sunday game.

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