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Barróg sights on senior stay

IT'S great to be back flying first class. Naomh Barróg had been out of senior football for four years.

Their return shortened the winter for club icons like Dick Fields and Joe Potter.

Barróg were formed in 1974. Heffo's Heroes inspired the birth. They have travelled many miles since.

Their Kilbarrack home is a picture. And senior football and hurling addresses enhances the view even more.

"Yes, it's nice that we are senior in both the football and the hurling," notes Barróg mentor Dave Moore.

So far, it's all kinds of everything for Barróg - a win, a draw and a loss. "It's not a bad start. It will take us a while to get used to the pace of senior football," judges Dave.

They have good company in Division 2. The two-time All-Ireland champs are there, Kilmacud Crokes. "They hit 2-27 in one of their matches. It looks like everybody else will be fighting for the runners-up spot."

Barróg have their own ambition. "We just want to get enough points to stay in this division. No more than that. It's wonderful to be back in senior football and it's brilliant to see the young lads here get the chance to play at that level.

"We are under no illusions. Division 2 is a tough place to be. But so was Division 3. It wasn't easy getting out of there.

"We made a terrific start to the league last year, and that put us in a favourable position. We have mostly the same squad again this season but we have a few young lads coming through as well.

"There's a good work ethic there. The group has a good attitude. We have no superstars here. Just fellas willing to put in the effort. And I'm lucky with the quality and experience of my management crew.

"We have nobody involved with the Dublin teams. And in a way, that's an advantage because a lot of the teams have to play their league matches without their Dublin lads. We don't have that problem."

Barróg's thoughts are also turning to the Intermediate Championship. They have been drawn against Parnells.

Barróg reached the final three years ago, the semi-final the following term and last year the quarter-final.

Another flourishing run would be welcome, but the bread and butter remains the priority. "We beat St Anne's at our place in our first game, so it was nice to start with a win," says Dave.

Barróg have never made it to Division 1 but nobody is thinking about that right now. Dave himself has hung up the boots: "I played a small bit of junior last year, but I don't think you can do both. Management takes up too much time."

In word and deed, Dave has set the right example to the rest of the Barróg boys -- the mind is very much on the job of consolidating their position in senior football.