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Saturday 1 October 2016

Lucan to get off to a winning start

DUBLIN SHC 'A': GROUP 2

Faughs v Lucan Sarsfields (O'Toole Park, Today, 4.0)

LUCAN and semi-finals didn't get on. Until 2013 when they reached their first final. Led to the Promised Land by Damian Fox.

Beaten by Boden, but they gave more than a good account. A very good account. Only three points in it. They reached the quarter-final last year, tumbling to the Larriers. Faughs also made the last eight. Lucan possess Dublin's Three Tenors, Peter Kelly, Chris Crummey and Johnny McCaffrey and look set for victory.

VERDICT: Lucan Sarsfields

DUBLIN SHC 'A':GROUP 2:

Cuala v Ballinteer St John's(O'Toole Park, Today, 5.30)

IT'S been a while since Cuala climbed the steps. 1994. A golden spell for the three-time champs. Ballinteer have been working hard on chiselling the timber. Marlay Park is promising a healthy harvest. They made the last eight in 2013. Dublin contain a celebrated Cuala collection - Cian O'Callaghan, Paul and Mark Schutte, David Treacy and Colm Cronin, all in strong form at the moment which spells danger for St John's. VERDICT: Cuala

DUBLIN SHC 'A': GROUP 3

St Patrick's (P) v St Jude's (Parnell Park, Today, 4.30)

JUDE'S were within seconds of lifting the claret jug. They made it to the semi-final for the first time. And then so near to glory.

Now the hard bit - repeat the trick. Talent and determination will take them a long way, so will the confidence from last year's adventure. Danny Sutcliffe against Liam Rushe will fill a few more seats at ringside. VERDICT: St Jude's

DUBLIN SHC 'A': GROUP 4:

Kilmacud Crokes v St Vincent's(Parnell Park, Today, 6.0)

THEY met in the quarter-final last season - the Marino Master, Mossy McGrane, hit seven, six from the placed ball.

Crokes prevailed. And two games later, for the sixth time, the Dublin SHC title was brought back to Páirc de Burca.

Vincent's came out of a group that included Cuala, Parnell's and Craobh. Vincent's were last in the final in 2010. They also walked the blue carpet in 2007. It was the start of the Boden Barn-Dance.

VERDICT: Kilmacud Crokes

- BY NIALL SCULLY

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