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Clarke preparing for Jackies bow

NEW Dublin boss, Peter Clarke, will step into the spotlight at St Brigid's on Tuesday, December 27.

It will be his first game in charge of the Jackies. And he'll want to start with a win against the Dub Stars.

It's the third annual Ladies Football/Camogie Dub Stars fixture. It will be the first time it takes place in Blanchardstown.

For the last two years, Kilmacud Crokes staged the action. In 2009, the weather was atrocious. Last year was better. Hopefully this time the climate will be cheerful again.

The event was launched in St Brigid's last Saturday morning. The camogie match will throw-in at 11am, with the football to follow at 12.30pm.

Dublin chairperson, Maureen King, is urging everybody to leave the television and the plum pudding behind and head for Russell Park to sample Kevin Kilmurray's magical field of dreams.

The Brigid's all-weather surface is the pitch for all seasons. Admission is free, and the double bill will feature some of the best sportswomen in the capital.

"It's a marvellous chance to see the cream of the county in action," says Maureen. "It will be a lovely family day and our sincere thanks go to our kind hosts, St Brigid's.

"It's the last big day in our calendar year, and it's a big honour for any player to be selected on the Dub Stars squad.

"The fixture further deepens the friendship and bond between ladies football and camogie. There's wonderful co-operation between the two bodies in staging this event, and it paves the way for an even closer working relationship into the future."


Pat Stritch will be in charge of the Dub Stars side. His colleagues will include Dublin minor boss, Fintan O'Curry, and Dublin U16 chief, Fearghal Brennan.

They are three gents that know their football, and they will be doing their best to spoil Peter's debut.

In the meantime, the white smoke for the Dub Stars football and camogie panels has begun to rise. All will be revealed next week.