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Carroll class bowls over brave Blues

HISTORY at Sancta Maria, Ballyboden St Enda's fine all-weather complex, on Sunday.

The first inter-county camogie game took place at the venue -- Dublin versus Kildare in Division 3 of the National League.

Kildare won 1-7 to 0-4, but the young Blues will take much encouragement from the outing.

Stride for stride they matched the Lilywhites -- all except for the exceptional Suzie Carroll.

So often she has earned the freedom of the Curragh, and on this occasion she scored all but a point of Kildare's total.

Her goal in the second minute proved invaluable. It instilled belief.

Dublin showed desire and no little promise. There are good weeks ahead for this team. Ann Kirwan and Grainne Quinn were solid in defence, while Mairi Moynihan put in a top-of-the-bill performance at midfield.

The great pop icon Suzi Quatro is still gigging. Her catchline was often: 'Play it one more time for Suzi'.

Down Kildare way there's another Suzie who is determined that the show will go on.

Dublin: Bridget Sweetman; Hannah Larmon, Grainne Quinn, Grainne Ryan; Jenny Russell, Ann Kirwan, Hannah McInerney; Mairi Moynihan, Aine Power; Niamh Adams (0-1), Emer Murphy (0-1), Aisling Fogarty; Emma Flanagan, Jacqueline Elebert (0-1), Beibhin O'Neill (0-1). Subs Used: Nuala O'Donovan and Katie Timmons.

p Meanwhile, UCD were in positive form in the Ashbourne Cup at Belfield on Saturday, overcoming NUI, Galway 5-12 to 1-8. The Dublin College will now meet UCC in the semi-final at the Cork Institute of Technology on February 20th.

Aine Mahony, Denise McGrath and Katie O'Dwyer were prominent for UCD, a college that has played a big part in the rich tradition of this beloved tournament.