Kehoe shines but Tipp just edge it
The Ragg. Up the road from the Drom & Inch club. A pretty village, rural splendour.
Brendan Cooper was first through the gate last Saturday. Bringing the kit. In the elegant vehicle from Neary's of Lusk. Good friends of Dublin GAA.
The sun was out. There were picnic baskets on the grass. In the fields surrounding the venue, the cows headed slowly home for the six o'clock news.
It's a compact ground. With a covered terrace. There's an electronic scoreboard. The man on the PA was on top of his job. Team changes and substitutes.
And reminding all that the tuck shop was open. "I'll have a Magnum," called a man to his friend.
There was a good atmosphere beneath the roof. "Come on Tipp." "Come on the Dubs."
The umpires wore short-sleeved shirts and caps. And within seconds of the start, they got to work.
Straight from the throw-in, Niamh Treacy glued the sliotar to her stick, and in a wonderful solo run set off towards the scoreboard end to pop over the fastest score of the season.
The perfect opening for Tipperary, who won 1-11 to 0-9. As they always do, Dublin showed willingness for hard work. They defended well. They delivered some excellent ball into the attack.
Gráinne Quinn hit one picture pass that was controlled by the exquisite first touch of Siobhán Kehoe, who has the most beautiful ball control.
Gráinne struck the last point of the day. Nobody deserved it more.
Her defensive colleague, Deirdre Johnstone, also did superbly. In the second half, she made one fetching catch under pressure. She also displayed sharp distribution.
Tipp led by 0-7 to 0-4 at half-time. The goal came from Eibhlis McDonald on 41 minutes. Late on, Kerrie Finnegan and Sinéad Wylde went close for Dublin goals.
Shortly after, Mary Ryan was announced as the Liberty Insurance Player of the Match.
She hit a delicious point in the first half. She pulled the ball from the clouds. Exchanged passes with Megan Ryan before arrowing over.
It was a point that would have graced the front lawn of the White House. Mary plays with Moneygall. And she's the niece of Jack Ryan. Tipp '71. And Mearnóg and GAA Royalty.