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Sunday 17 December 2017

Purcell Cup win a 'boost' for DCU

THERE'S something in the wind. DCU train in the same St Clare's location as Pat Gilroy's men.

Now the prestigious Purcell Cup is on display in the College cabinet on Collins Avenue.

There were nine Dubs on board. Mearnóg's Laura Twomey is the captain.

Niall Williams is the manager, but he says his co-pilots, Graham Dillon and Stephen Behan, are "the brains of the operation".

The DCU girls didn't spend too much time celebrating. They have a Division 1 League final against the University of Limerick to prepare for.

"UL got to the Ashbourne Cup final. It will be a big test for us, but it will give us a good indication of where we are," says Niall.

He reckons third-level camogie is not too far off Division 2 of the National League. "We played Dublin in a challenge in the new year. It was a keen, physical contest.

"Granted, they beat us comprehensively in the end. They were that bit sharper and they had that extra experience."

Bringing home the Purcell has added to the profile for camogie in the college. "It's a boost. We'd be known as a sporting college, having won trophies like the Sigerson and O'Connor Cup.

"We lost the Purcell final last year, so the girls were determined to go one better. We had a core group of girls that were willing to make the commitment and they got their reward."

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