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Saturday 23 September 2017

Banner boss Noelle acclaims Jackies

ALL in the city will wish only the best for the darling girl from Clare.

Noelle Comyn is the new Banner boss. They will reside in Division 2 of the National League.

There's no shortage of talent in the county. And ambition too. They have selected a manager that will get the best from the harvest.

Noelle won't spare the petrol. She was a master of her art when she played full-back for the Jackies. She never gave away as much as a cocktail sausage. She could read the play as smoothly as Una O'Hagan. She packs vast experience in the kit-bag.

Injuries were an unwelcome caller. "Fate wasn't too kind with two cruciates and two operations," she mused.

Injury ruled her out of Dublin's historic All-Ireland success against Tyrone in 2010. Instead, she brought her wisdom to the dugout.

Her trophy cabinet was already packed. Noelle joined Ballyboden in 2004. She has won everything at 'Boden except the EuroMillions. She played football for her native Clare before moving to the capital.

For several seasons she played for the Dubs. She was on duty in the 2009 All-Ireland final when Cork won by a point.

Cork defeated the new All-Ireland champions, again by a point, in last year's quarter-final in Birr. Noelle looked on from the stand.

She remains optimistic about Dublin's chances this term.

"Last year's quarter-final reminded me so much of the 2009 final. Cork ahead by a point with time running out and they just kept holding onto the ball. They have the experience and confidence to keep possession at crucial stages of matches," she said.

"Dublin played their hearts out in that game last August, and I have no doubt that they will bounce back this year. They have plenty of young players coming through."

Noelle has seen the standards improve. "The bar has been raised so much. Ladies football is now on a serious high."

Noelle's photo album overflows with memories. And the acclaimed All-Star might be about to compile a few more in her management role.

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