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Crokes bask in the glory of Div 2 gold

THERE'S an extra pep in the Stillorgan step these days. The Dublin Féile Division 2 crown is resting snugly in the trophy cabinet at Páirc de Burca.

Crokes beat Good Counsel in a thrilling final. There was only a goal in it. On a sun-splashed day in Donnycarney, the victory was big news back in Glenalbyn.

The triumph is still echoing around the Crokes corridors. David Buckley thanked all the Kilmacud Kings ... . and Queens.

He manages the side with Micheal ó Ceallaigh, Ciarán Mac Giolla Riogh and Odette Buckley.

"It all started back with Donie Dowling when the girls were only seven," explains David. "They have served a long apprenticeship.

"We have 24 in the squad. And their dedication has been tremendous. We were saying to them that this year was special because Dublin is hosting the National Féile, and it's just fantastic that we have managed to win this title.

"To be able to compete against a great camogie club like Good Counsel is a huge tribute to the players.

"Their skill levels have improved so much. Our chief coach, Niall Corcoran, and all his crew, have done such marvellous work.

"This win is so important. It will help to keep camogie strong in the club. And what a wonderful club Kilmacud is. We get support from right across the board, and we really appreciate it.

"Days like that in Parnell Park, and the National Féile, will keep camogie to the forefront. Once the children keep on playing the sport and enjoying it. That's the key to it all. Camogie is such a wonderful game. And the girls should be proud of themselves for the manner in which they play it."