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Monday 26 June 2017

Dunne's arrival at right time for John's: Lane

Ballinteer boss Liam Dunne Picture: Sportsfile
Ballinteer boss Liam Dunne Picture: Sportsfile

The appointment of Liam Dunne as Ballinteer St John's senior hurling manager has been a massive tonic for the southside club according to their Hurling Co-Ordinator, Seán Lane.

The former Wexford manager and three-time All Star is to take care of the Marley Park outfit for an initial two-year period and Lane feels that his arrival could not be better timed.

"We had a great start to the decade where we won a Senior 'B' title, a Division 2 league and an under-21 'A' championship but it's fair to say that we've had a couple of tough years lately and things have stagnated to a degree so we felt it was the time to push on again. Liam's appointment has given the whole place a boost and he has had an immediate impact in terms of the numbers in attendance at training.

"Not only will the club benefit from his vast managerial experience but he had a fantastic playing career as well and we're delighted with the appointment.

"The club chairman Ken Aherne deserves immense credit in pursuing this appointment and the whole hurling fraternity within Ballinteer are extremely grateful for his efforts," said Lane.

St John's, who were relegated to AHL2 last year, will look to return to the top flight with progress in the Dublin SHC a target in a tight group containing Naomh Fionnbarra, Lucan Sarsfields and St Brigid's.

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