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Blues boss O'Brien is delighted with the latest additions to his new-look Dublin panel

DUBLIN Camogie are having their annual gala awards night on Saturday, January 31 at Westmanstown. Tickets are sure to fly out the door with all the speed of a Louise O'Hara arrow.

There will be a three-course meal. There will also be much else to chew over, not least the arrival of Rose Collins and Sarah O'Donovan into the Dublin set-up.

Both are highly-regarded artists. Rose played for Limerick. Sarah played for Cork.

"They both marked each other in an All-Ireland semi-final," revealed Dublin manager, Shane O'Brien.

Shane is managing the Dubs with John Treacy, Shane Dalton and Michael O'Grady. Also on the ticket are Irish squash superstar, Derek Ryan, as physio, Sandra Tarr on administration and Danny Sutcliffe as ambassador.

Both Collins and O'Donovan showed their class for Dublin in Sunday's AIG Dub Stars against Dublin duel at Parnell's.

COMPELLING

The Dub Stars prevailed by two points, 2-10 to 1-11, in a compelling contest that was level four times.

The Stars won it with the last three scores of the day. With five minutes left, they were behind by three points.

Aishling Maher's goal, her second of the hour, levelled matters before points from Ali Twomey and O'Hara parcelled it up.

Shane O'Brien was chuffed with the conviction of all, and he's thrilled that the Munster duo have climbed on board.

"Rose and Sarah were approached in mid-November. They were very keen to join up. We are delighted to get them.

"They are big additions. They bring a lot of experience. They have been welcomed into the group and they have gelled very well."

He especially highlighted O'Donovan's contribution in last Sunday's spectacle.

"One of things were we looking out for was blocking and hooking. We had people on the line keeping stats.

"And two girls in particular shone on that front, Laura Twomey at wing-back and Sarah O'Donovan, who was just immense. They both put in a huge amount of work."

MILES

Dublin have been putting in the hours, and the miles, well before they switched on the Christmas lights.

"We have been training since December 1. We have done a lot of work, so the girls are in reasonably good shape.

"We gave them six days off over the Christmas, but it was still encouraging to see that they looked after themselves. There was a terrific intensity to the game."

The effort will now step up again as the New Year dawns. Dublin's opening game in the National League will be at home to Derry on February 22.

"We have plenty of challenge matches planned for the next few weeks. They girls are mad keen to get games under their belt. We are all looking forward to the start of the National League."

They'll enter the arena with the words of Danny Sutcliffe echoing in their ears.

"Danny is one of the top hurlers in the country, so we are very happy to have him. Obviously, his big commitment is to hurling, but he'll come to the odd training session and team meeting and he'll be able to give the girls a bit of advice. His role will be invaluable to us."


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