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Boden's Griffin flies to former heights

GOOD news for Dublin Camogie -- Anne Griffin is fully recovered from injury and she's back to her best.

She proved it in this season's Leinster Championship against one of the top sides in the business, Oulart The Ballagh.

'Boden were beaten, but as she stepped out of the mud, Anne was given a warm ovation.

The faithful agreed she was among the best players on the park. Her first touch was velvet and she was driving the sliotar 60 yards down the field.

She was winning the dirty ball, and delivering clean, precise passes. And although the Dublin champions were up against it from the throw-in, Anne's class was clear to all.

Last month, she helped 'Boden to their second successive Dublin Senior 'A' Championship title. Now, they'll chase the three-in-a-row, last achieved by 'Boden in 2001.


But winning the Dublin prize is getting harder. 'Boden got some severe tests this term. Raheny's performance in the final cheered all. Maybe their day is not all that far away.

But in the meantime, Anne and the 'Boden brethren will keep working on their game.

They will continue to set the bar in the capital. Some gifted young personnel have emerged onto the side.

And blended with the craft of such an array of experienced players, 'Boden will still be very much the team to beat.

Especially if The Griff keeps on turning on the class. Her display down by the Slaney suggests that a return to the Dublin jersey might be just around the corner.

Anne was on board in 2005 and 2006 when the Blues bridged a 30-yard gap to collect the All-Ireland Junior Championship. At provincial club level, it was the second year in a row that Oulart downed the Dubs. But 'Boden did capture the Leinster title back in 2008.

Anne and her team-mates would love to welcome another provincial title to the capital.

Meanwhile, history will be made in Parnell Park tonight as the first Dublin Minor 'A' Championship final takes place under the floodlights.

Lucan Sarsfields and Na Fianna are promising a Donnycarney Dazzler.

Two teams who work hard at their craft have now been rewarded with a date on the big stage. It's a game that has the X-Factor written all over it.