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Cooper hails Kelly class

DUBLIN have discovered a gold bar in Georgina Kelly. She's from Kilkenny.

She plays with Faughs-Celtic. She's with Dublin's second team.

Georgia hit 1-8 v Armagh last week. She's the free-taker. As Mary McEvoy would say when Georgina stands over the placed ball, you'd put the farm on her.

"It's a huge bonus for us to get a player of Georgina's quality. She has been a genuine find," says Brendan Cooper.

Brendan is managing the Dubs with Sandra Tarr, Dave Dunning and Dave Pearson. Their first day dipping their toes in the waters of Division 3 proved profitable.

"We didn't know what to expect going up to Armagh. It was a real fact-finding mission for us, especially as we had just come up from Division 4.


"We wondered had we improved enough to make the step up. So we were very pleased with how it turned out. The result was the bonus, but it was the performance that pleased us most.

"Armagh put it up to us. It wasn't until about 10 minutes into the second half that we were able to get a foothold. And we then managed to pull away somewhat. The display told us we were going in the right direction." There will be another significant signpost this weekend. Westmeath are coming to town.

"They beat us in the All-Ireland final last season. They are a good side. It will be another indication of where we are at.

"We'll hope for another good performance. We are building towards the championship.

"We had eight new girls starting against Armagh. We have plenty of new faces this year. It's about gelling it all together."

Having a Blue Cat sending over the arrows will help the settling-in process.