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Sunday 19 August 2018

Jackies aim to put Orchard to sword!

Bord Gáis Energy Ladies National Football League Division 2: Dublin v Armagh,

(Tomorrow, Swords, 12.0)

THE fresh scent of newly cut grass in Croke Park this week. It was the launch of the 32nd Bord Gáis Energy Ladies National Football League.

Ger Cunningham was there for the sponsors. So was another top 'keeper, Cliodhna O'Connor, captain of the Jackies.

She'll lead Dublin out in Swords tomorrow. It will be the first time the Blues will lace the boots in a competitive game since they won the All-Ireland last September.

They won't recognise the furniture at first -- Division 2.



Anxious

But there are some good teams in there -- Armagh amongst them. They made the Division 2 semi-final last season. Kildare beat them in a replay.

Kerry and Waterford are other highly-rated teams in the mix, so the new Dublin boss, Tommy Brown, will be anxious to pocket the points.

He'll have to make-do without four top defenders -- Maria Kavanagh (retired), Rachel Ruddy (in Singapore), Avril Cluxton (work commitments) and Noelle Comyn, who is recovering from injury.

Dublin officials are hoping for a decent crowd to applaud the champs onto the Fingallians turf.

High noon in the capital. The bells will be ringing.

VERDICT: Dublin

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