king issues Dubs a model mission
DUBLIN conclude business in the Liberty All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship this Saturday.
They'd like to leave the stage with the applause ringing in their ears. Wexford will make the Dubs earn every crumb.
The Slaney side have been in fabulous form. They beat Galway in Galway and then they defeated Cork, who looked so impressive against Dublin.
But, for Dublin, there were some cheerful signs in Kenny Park against the O'Duffy Cup holders.
Dublin began that game with a cracking point from Miriam Twomey inside the opening 23 seconds. And the Blues had a most encouraging spell after the Jaffa Cakes, a period that could have been rewarded with a better showing on the balance sheet.
Yet life hasn't been easy for many years in Formula 1. Every day is a challenging day, and a positive display against the Slaney side will salvage much from a difficult campaign.
"Maybe the scores are not reflecting it, but I think there have been improvements," reflects Dublin manager, Colum King. "And from day one, I could see what it means to the girls to be playing for Dublin. They love playing for the county. They would die for the cause."
Before Colum, Denis Murphy was in the cockpit. His priority was for the Dubs to be competitive.
Colum is looking at the same page on the hymn sheet. "We knew it was never going to be easy when we got Cork, Galway and Wexford in the championship group.
"It was always going to be a tough challenge, but to be honest, we were hoping to have been a bit closer to Cork and Galway. But the reality is that we are not.
"That is disappointing, but we'll just keep on working. We'll keep trying to lift things.
"And, as I say, we just can't fault the attitude of the girls. They give it everything."
Using possession swiftly and sharply will be the priority against Wexford. "Hopefully, we can put it up to Wexford.
"They have beaten us a couple of times this year, so maybe it's our turn now.
"We'll certainly be trying, that's for sure."