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Saturday 22 September 2018

Skill level of players continues to rise all the time: President Hickey

BLUE BOSS: Dublin manager Mick Bohan. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
BLUE BOSS: Dublin manager Mick Bohan. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Parnell Park will be 'jammers' tomorrow. Dublin and Mayo in the Lidl Ladies National Football League Division 1 final (4.0).

"Everybody is looking forward to the re-match. If it's anything like the All-Ireland final, we are in for a treat," says LGFA President, Marie Hickey.

Marie feels that the Donnycarney venue will provide the perfect setting.

"It's a lovely, compact stadium and it will generate a wonderful atmosphere. And that will lift the players even more.

"By all accounts, we are going to have a very big crowd. Our biggest league final crowd ever.

Interest

"There's great interest in it, and it's the first time we have ever had to issue tickets for a league final."

Mick Bohan's Dublin and Mayo attracted a massive attendance of 46,286 to the All-Ireland SFC final in Croke Park last September.

"That was record-breaking for us, and also a worldwide record as a stand-alone woman's sporting event. It was great to see that happening."

Like the crowds, Marie states that the quality of the sport keeps on rising all the time.

"It's been a very competitive league. The level of fitness and the skill of the players have been phenomenal.

"Normally, you'd expect things to step up again from the league to when the championship starts, so I think we are in for a fantastic summer."

Tomorrow, Dublin will be striving to win their first Division 1 title. They reached one Division 1 final. That was in 2014 when Cork took the prize in Parnell Park.

Mayo also lost a final to Cork two years ago. They will be seeking their fourth league crown.

Ended

They were last champions in 2007. In last month's semi-final, they ended Cork's hopes for a sixth successive league title.

"Dublin and Mayo always produce such exciting games. There's only ever a kick of the ball between them," remarks Marie.

Cavan play Tipperary in the Division 2 final (2.0).

"Tipp and Cavan have shown great form all year, so that also should be a super game."

The double-bill promises top value.

Tickets are a tenner for adults, and only €1 for children.

All proceeds from the sale of children's tickets will be donated to the Fatima Centre in Bangkok, run by the Good Shepherd Sisters and visited recently by the TG4 All-Stars.

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