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Monday 11 December 2017

Temp Head

THRILLER at the Tooler. Last Saturday's Under-21 gun salute points the way to a very pretty picture. The big picture.

Ballyboden St Enda's and Kilmacud Crokes served up a riveting Dublin (2011) U21 'A' Hurling Championship final.

Boden nicked it, but, ultimately, Dublin hurling will be the big winner.

"We have enjoyed a great rivalry over the years and I have to credit both sides for putting on such a brilliant game," remarked Ballyboden St Enda's manager, John Small.

"The bravery of all the players was something else. And the fellas are just so committed to it.

"You won't find them too often down in Copper Face Jacks, that's for sure," quipped John.

"We had plenty of training sessions in this campaign. And I'm sure Crokes were the same. And there was never a problem in getting the players out.

"The lads keep themselves in tip-top condition. They look after themselves. They know what's required to play at this level, and they are serious about it.

"Saturday's match was a wonderful advert for Dublin hurling. It was just fantastic.

"And looking at it, you'd have to think that the standard of Dublin hurling is rising all the time.

"I think we can all be optimistic about the future of Dublin hurling. Based on what these two teams delivered, it's looking very bright."

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