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Brigid's brace for the Senior 1

OUT beside the charming old Phoenix Park Racecourse, the Naomh Bríd girls are going the extra furlong.

They went back training last week, encouraged by their position on top of the Senior Division 2 table.

The league won't resume until the end of July. And then comes the Championship.

"We'll train hard now for the summer, play a few challenges and take it from there," says manager Aodh ó Murchú.

"We'll be competing in the Senior 1 Championship this season, so it is important that we are as well prepared for that as we can be."

Anne ó Murchú, Thelma O'Mahony and Tim O'Mahony are also on the management. Tim has black and amber blood. He led Brigid's to the semi-final of the Dublin Senior Hurling Championship two years ago.

The camogie sliotar is also bouncing high in Russell Park.

"Our second team came up from Senior 6 to Senior 5 and they are also having a good season," reports Aodh. "Overall, things are going well. It's all about developing the players and bringing them through. On our team, the Division 2 side, we have several players that have come up through the ranks, so that's the pleasing thing about it."


Brigid's have won four of their six matches, beating Na Fianna, St Jude's, Thomas Davis and Ballinteer St John's, drawing with Skerries Harps and losing to Good Counsel.

"We were disappointed with the Counsel result. That was our last game. They are a good side, but we just didn't perform," says Aodh.

"It's a very tight league. There's keen competition there. We are happy with the start, but we know there's a long way to go.

"At the end of it, there will be a play-off involving the top four, so we'll keep working away and see how we go.

"The Championship standard will be even higher. But that's what you want."