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Mick Bohan’s Dublin ladies footballers begin their All-Ireland qualifier series this coming Saturday when they host Cavan in their Group 1 opener.
Following that Dublin are away to Tipperary the following Sunday before completing their three-game group schedule against Mayo on Saturday June 25th, a game that will be shown live by TG4.
Dublin go into Saturday’s game on the back of a two-point win over Meath in the Leinster decider at Croke Park two weekends ago.
And speaking about the draw, Bohan said: “We obviously now go into a four-team group. It would been nice if it was an open draw, it ruined the excitement a little bit.
“(But) the opportunity to win games, it’s a huge opportunity to use your squad, ‘cos constantly you’re just trying to develop. You don’t know who is going to come to the fore over the summer and that now has given us the opportunity.”
And aside from recording a first championship victory over Meath in three attempts, Bohan believes last month’s final was also very useful in terms of bringing on the squad ahead of next weekend’s group stages and beyond.
“From our point of view there was probably a couple of players missing from the National League and some of them came to the fore against Meath.
“From a point of view of development, there were a number of players we were particularly happy with. Players like Jess Tobin have just been a revelation from the best way of defending that you can see. I think her foul count is in single figures, which is incredible.”
And looking ahead to the knockout series, Bohan believes consistency in the refereeing will be crucial.
“I’ve been saying it all along and it’s the same when i meet other inter-county managers.
“It’s not a moaning system, it’s for us all. I want to see consistencies for us all. If you are given a set of rules you are trained to those set of rules, but when they are implemented differently it becomes a huge frustration for the players. One day it falls for us and the next day it falls for Meath.
“But there has to be a consistency and, realistically, when you look at them again the players are so well conditioned. The fact that someone bumps into someone going for the ball, that’s not a free, it’s not intentional.
“The intentional ones are when you are pulling and dragging. That’s the stuff you want stopped, the negative stuff or a situation when you have someone taking seven, eight, nine or even 10 steps when you are only allowed five.
“It’s those rules, getting those simple rules right that needs to be addressed.”