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Saturday 14 December 2019

St Vincent's prepare for the Leinster Final

Mickey Whelan
Mickey Whelan

St Vincent's, the Dublin champions, are polishing the timber for Sunday's Leinster final.

They'll play St Martin's of Wexford at Donaghmore Ashbourne. Vincent's beat the holders, St Jude's, to regain the trophy they last won in 2017 when they completed the three-in-a-row.

They have vast experience in the side. And Patsy Murphy feels the restructured Dublin Senior Championship has helped to hone the touch.

For two months, matches were played every Sunday morning. And the move was widely welcomed by players and officials alike.

"It was a very good Championship. It was a very high standard," remarks Patsy.

"Six or seven teams could have won it. It came down to the wire.

"So many were expecting Na Fianna to be in the semi-final, but they lost out in their last group match to Lucan Sarsfields.

"There were very small margins. We were beaten by St Jude's in the group stage, so that says a lot about the quality of the teams that were in the section."

A Leinster title would be a tonic for the Dubs. And the Marino side will pack deep resolve in the kit bag.

They defended expertly in the Dublin final. The players dug deep for every ball, and in attack they had sharp finishers in Aisling Maher and Niamh Hetherton.

The team have a wise management - Germaine Noonan, David O'Leary, Tom Russell, Patsy and the maestro himself, Mickey Whelan.

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