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Monday 23 April 2018

Kirby: Reaching successive finals means so much

THE O'Donnell twins, Andrew and Christopher, looked on from behind the goal. Pride was beating in their heart.

Their beloved Thomas Davis were on their way to another All-Ireland final. Norah Kirby is their captain.

She carries the armband well. The Kirby clan have decorated the green and gold for years.

For Norah, the club is in the blood. "Getting to another All-Ireland final means so much to everybody in the club," she says.

"We are all thrilled. It's just brilliant.

"Reaching two All-Ireland finals on the trot is a testament of all the work that the girls and the management have put in.

"It has been a lot of commitment, but it has been worth it. And we are always so grateful for the support we have got from the club."

The faithful showed up to see Davis overcome Glen in the semi-final. It was the Dublin club's first home fixture of the Leinster and All-Ireland series this term. "Yes, we didn't know what to do with ourselves when we didn't have to get on a coach on that Sunday morning," jokes Norah.

But they certainly knew what to do with the ball. There was such a zest and tempo in their play. They handled the leather like a favourite piece of china.

Zeal

They moved briskly from defence to attack. They frowned on a misplaced delivery, showed zeal winning back possession and took a cocktail of classical scores.

"We kept going till the final whistle. That says a lot for the players' fitness. The aim was to contain them as much as we could. We were well ahead at half-time, but the message was to go out again in the second half and try and better what we had already done."

That's the attitude that the Davis Diamonds will take to Birr. And on their night of nights, Norah dearly wishes that "we can do the business and bring back the gold again".

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