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Monday 20 August 2018

Jackies Tipp top: Fanning

THE pedigree runs deep in the veins of Aine Fanning. Her grandfather was Pat Fanning, President of the GAA.

He was the President when the ban was removed. After a noble hurling career for Waterford, he became one of the best administrators in the country.

Aine's brother, Ciarán, is a silky stick-smith with Na Fianna, and her Dad, Pat, is also steeped in the timber.

Aine has been playing for the Dubs since she was 17. She was on the teams that won the All-Ireland Junior Championship titles in 2005 and 2006.

Her father was part of Peter Lucey's management unit that also included Caroline Duggan and Doreen Golden.

The Blues eventually returned to senior ranks. They endured many barren years.

But last week's Division 1 league result against Tipperary in Parnell Park turned back on the lights for Dublin camogie.

It was Dublin's first victory at the top level for many a long day. It was a tremendous performance. Aine played her part. She struck the opening goal at the church end. And like the rest of her colleagues, she foraged for every crumb.

"It was just great to win that match," reflects the St Vincent's ace. "We have been working really hard for the last couple of months in training.

"Within us, we were hoping for the win. We came out all guns blazing, and we are all delighted that we managed to do it on the day."

Commitment is the middle name of this group of players who plan to spark Dublin camogie's revolution. "We have been in the gym since before Christmas, and, hopefully, we'll keep on improving as the season continues.

"Beating Tipperary, who are one of the top sides in the country, will do us no harm at all. We'll take confidence from that.

"And the fact that it was the opening game is also a bonus. You can't beat getting off to a winning start. All-round, it was a fantastic display. We really had to dig deep. The defending was just brilliant.

"Our defenders were really excellent, but every girl put it in all over the pitch. It was such a wonderful team effort by all concerned."

But one swallow doesn't make a spring, although many were probably swallowing hard over their tea on that Sunday when the score was read out on the radio. The triumph cheered all. And Dublin's method in achieving it instils optimism for the future. But even more so the grace they showed in victory. There were no Jedward-like cartwheels across the stage.

It's one win on the record -- that's all. And nobody has to remind Denis Murphy and co about that.

"We have Galway away next on St Patrick's weekend, so that's very much our focus. The aim now is to build on the Tipp display," relates Aine.

After so many years in the desert, it was pleasing to see Dublin skipping again. It was a real blue-letter afternoon. And Aine was grateful that all the Fanning family were there to share in the joy.

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