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30 October 2011; Andrew Morris, O'Toole's, in action against Stephen Nolan, Ballyboden St. Enda's. Dublin County Senior Huling Championship Final, Ballyboden St Enda's v O'Toole's, Parnell Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brian Lawless / SPORTSFILE

30 October 2011; Andrew Morris, O'Toole's, in action against Stephen Nolan, Ballyboden St. Enda's. Dublin County Senior Huling Championship Final, Ballyboden St Enda's v O'Toole's, Parnell Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brian Lawless / SPORTSFILE

The new Dublin hurling manager Ger Cunningham

The new Dublin hurling manager Ger Cunningham

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30 October 2011; Andrew Morris, O'Toole's, in action against Stephen Nolan, Ballyboden St. Enda's. Dublin County Senior Huling Championship Final, Ballyboden St Enda's v O'Toole's, Parnell Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brian Lawless / SPORTSFILE

ANDREW MORRIS knows all about the scent of Dubs Stars day.

He has been going to them since he was a child, watching his Dad, Joey.

Joey is the O'Toole's manager. Andrew plays in their midfield.

It will now be a case of father watching son as the Dubs Stars tackle Dublin at Chanel, Parnell's tomorrow (12.30).

Andrew well remembers the famed O'Toole's three-in-a-row side, 1995, '96 and '97.

"They were such a class team. It would be lovely if we could emulate what they achieved someday," muses Andrew.

He has already played in one county final and in a basket of quarter-finals and semi-finals.

It was eight years ago when he first came onto the side. His brother, Graham, was there already.

And also the celebrated Cartons. The welcome was as warm as a tea cosy.

The Dublin hurling landscape was different then. The capital contained giants of the ash.

"You had Ballyboden dominating for a long time, and UCD before that," recalls Andrew.

"But it is a much more level playing field now. There's a lot more teams challenging," adds Morris.

And the Larriers are still right there in the mix.

"Some people expect us to fall away, but we just keep on coming back. We reached the semi-final this season. There was only a puck of a ball in it against Jude's. It really could have gone either way.

"We have some good young lads who are doing well. They are holding their own in senior hurling, and that is all you can ask for," stresses the Larriers ace.

"Overall, it wasn't a bad year, and we'll get ready again to go in the New Year and, hopefully, be in contention again."

Andrew also feels that the Dubs can make an impact in 2015.

"Dalo did so well in his six years in the job. You couldn't fault him.

"He won a National League and a Leinster Championship. Not many managers can say that.

"He had a good rapport with the players. They all wanted to play for him. And that is half the battle.

"Ger Cunningham has come in now. He'll bring his own ideas to the role, and, hopefully, it works out well."

Andrew thinks that Cody's Cats won't be too far from the banquet.

"They have had all those retirements, but Kilkenny will always find a way to be there or there-abouts. And I'm sure that will be the case again.

"Brian Cody is just remarkable. The hunger he has for hurling is just unreal."

Andrew is tipping the Dubs Stars to test Cunningham's Colts.

"Parnell's is a fine venue. They have first-class facilities.

"It's always a nice occasion and it's a good way to start the New Year."


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