Dublin boss hails resolve after the hurt of last year
Dublin manager, Shane Plowman, stood outside the dressing-room door under the Hogan Stand yesterday afternoon.
His thoughts quickly raced back to the same day 12 months ago when he stood in the exact same spot.
On that occasion, the Dubs had lost to Westmeath by four points.
"We were so hurt walking away from here last year after we lost the final. We came up against a very good Westmeath side," he reflected following Dublin's victory over Kerry yesterday.
"We promised ourselves then that we'd dust ourselves off and do whatever we had to do to get back here again.
"We have done it. It's absolutely fabulous and it's all credit to the girls. They left nothing out there."
Dublin began briskly.
"Our aim was to try and lay down a marker," explained Shane. "We wanted to go at Kerry from the start.
"But in fairness to Kerry, they kept at us. They didn't let us away from them. They are a very good team and they will be back.
"We played them twice last year and there was nothing between us. We are just so delighted that we have won."
Aoife Bugler's goal gave the Dubs a boost of confidence after they were well in charge in the opening pages.
"Kerry were holding us out," outlined Shane. "We were trying to get the ball into Aoife."
And when the sliotar did come in to Aoife, the net fairly danced.
It was a strike that the legendary Kay Mills would have been proud of. The Dub who won 15 All-Ireland senior medals.
The trophy celebrates her name, and Shane believes the victory will echo throughout the city.
"It's a great boost for Dublin camogie. And we are really going to enjoy this success.
"It's wonderful that the Kay Mills Cup is back in Dublin. And that it's going to reside with us for the next 12 months."