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Saturday 23 September 2017

Murphy braces Blues for league challenge

SAFE to assume that Denis Murphy won't be going on Sky Sports or The Late Late Show making wild predictions about the coming season.

Dublin's camogie manager values a more low-key approach. Progress by small steps is his favourite mode of transport.

The Dubs were back in the boots before Christmas. The pace has picked up considerably since. Denis knows better than most that Dublin will need plenty of oil in the tank for the challenges ahead.

"Every game will be difficult. Playing at this level, that goes without saying," he insists. "After all, it's Division 1 of the National League and the All-Ireland Senior Championship. There's so much quality there."

Nothing comes cheap.

"We know it's going to be tough. We'll have small targets set for ourselves.

"We won't be telling everybody what they are exactly, but hopefully by the end of the season, we'll have overachieved."



Mountain

Effort won't be a problem as the Blues begin to climb the mountain once more.

"The girls are very committed. There's no doubt about that. We have had a couple of players who felt they couldn't commit this season for various reasons and that's fair enough. We are glad they have made that decision early and are not trying to do things in a half-hearted fashion.

"We all understand we are playing at the top level of camogie. But that's where you want to be. The National League starts at the end of February. They have rejigged the league and championship.

"We steadied things somewhat last year. We made a bit of progress in terms of performance and what have you. We'd expect to play about 12 competitive matches, so we'll judge our season on that.

"Improving, and carrying on the strides from last year, is essentially what we are looking for. And it goes without saying that we'll be hoping for better results."

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