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Goldrick grateful for tough tests

SINEAD GOLDRICK has the engine of a Mercedes. Her football resembles German precision.

She has the Duracell batteries installed in the boots. And at this stage of the season, she has already run a few London Marathons.

Sinead is enjoying a splendid season. In the league, she was selected for several player-of-the-match accolades.

And in the championship, she has just kept on running. The Dubs got a stiff enough test away to Kildare.

Sinead's contribution helped them overcome it, and she was again at the heart of the action in that brilliant TG4 Leinster Championship semi-final success against Laois at MearnĂ³g.

"I think the fact that we had that preliminary round game against Kildare was a big help to us," reflects Sinead.

"Kildare put it up to us. It was a good physical battle, and we got the benefit of that.

"It helped to blow the cobwebs off, and it gave us an advantage going into the semi-final because Laois hadn't played a championship game."

The elegant Fox Cab insists that industry earned Dublin's ticket to Sunday's Leinster final against Meath.

"We had to dig it out, and it is in situations like that that the intensity of the training came through."

Learning

Meath will examine Dublin's resolve with all the professionalism of Nora Owen on Mastermind.

"The main thing is that we are learning from each match. We learned from our outing against Kildare and we put it to good use against Laois.

"We know what we are going to face in Meath. There is just no comparison between the championship and the league.

There is so much more intensity in the championship."

Dublin's vice-captain is hoping the Blue Brigade will head for Carlow. "We had a good support away to Kildare.

"The attendance was a bit smaller at home to Laois, but we'd love to get a big support on Sunday."