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Sunday 4 December 2016

A girl in blue

Captain of the Dublin Ladies senior football team Lyndsey Davey speaks with Eric Davidson about the Championship ahead, as well as a new era that's dawning for Irish women in sport

Lyndsey Davey has been playing sport all of her life. She began her footballing career at age five with her local club Skerries Harps, and from a young age made her mark at an inter-county level.

"I played other sports but football was the one I loved the most and I always stuck with it. I joined the Dublin Ladies senior football team when I was 14, which means I've been playing on that level for around 11 years!"

This season Lyndsey was named captain. She is aware that she has some big boots to fill, but she's relishing the opportunity.

"When you're younger you always want to play for your county at a senior level and now to be captain is just fantastic. It was a massive honour, especially when your following in the footsteps of players like Martina Farrell and Denise Masterson."

In blue

Reflecting on a successful 2015 League campaign, Lyndsey is confident going forward into the upcoming Championship.

"Overall we're happy with how the League went. We were disappointed in our last performance, losing by 12 points to Galway. However, we know this year that we have such a young squad after losing a few of the more experienced players. Having said that, we're happy to give the younger girls some game time and a bit of experience in competitive games."

The 2014 Championship saw Dublin's run ended by Cork in a dramatic final. The Rebelettes came from behind to beat the Girls in Blue 2-13 to 2-12.

"Last year's Championship result was tough to get over. But our aim was to use the League as a building block and hopefully get back to Croke Park in September."

Women in sport

According to Lyndsey, the way the general public view female sports in Ireland is changing. With many female Irish athletes performing so well on the world stage it has a knock-on effect to all women in sport.

"The ladies national rugby team as well as individuals like Katie Taylor and Stephanie Roche are all getting publicity which is driving it forward for other females in sports. People are really starting to take notice of how much dedication players in ladies football are putting in."

With confidence high, youthful exuberance within the team, and captain Lyndsey driving them on, there's no reason why the Girls in Blue can't go all the way this summer.

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