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Dalton eyes Vin-dication

THE halfway house has been reached. Time for a little break.

But there will be no putting the feet up. The exam hall, and the Dubs, are calling.

In Senior League Division 1, St Vincent's are at the summit, a point ahead of the champions, Na Fianna.

"So far, so good, but there's a lot of camogie still to be played," remarks Vincent's manager, Shane Dalton.

"We have been involved in some very tight matches. We got the scores at the right time.

"The standard overall is pretty even. But we are happy enough. The girls are putting in the effort."

The former Dublin hurler is enjoying the gig. The ex-St Vincent's senior hurler Mark Kirwan and Brian Ladden, once Brian Talty's leading lieutenant at St David's, sit alongside in the dugout.

"The standard has gone up. I have noticed that even more this year. You have a lot of the Dublin U16s and minors coming on board.

"They bring a high level of skill to it. They fit in seamlessly. That All-Ireland U16 success did wonders for the county."

Shane hopes the Dublin seniors will also make an impact. "I have seen them progressing. They had some good results last year.

WINNING

"The echo of a winning Dublin team can be felt throughout the county. Denis Murphy, Ann Colgan and Brian Lawlor are doing a top job.

"They are very dedicated people. They put their heart into it. I think they will do well.

"They'll carry the best wishes of everybody here at Vincent's, that's for sure. I know Denis and the Murphy family. They have done so much for hurling and camogie in this city. They're a class act."

Vins have six players on the squad, and their B team also campaign in the Senior 1 division. That augurs well.

Keeping an eye on their progress from outside the ring this season is Tommy Clancy, who was part of the management team last term.

"Tommy has started up a new business, Tommy Clancy Photography. We wish him well in that. Log on to www.tommyclancyphotography.ie. It's a stunning collection," states Shane.

Another cohort from last year, Eddie Glackin, is now living in Donegal. But that doesn't stop him from travelling to support the Dublin hurlers and footballers.

And if their beloved Saints keep on flourishing in the league and championship, the two gents could well be back in the audience, Eddie with his blue-and-white flag and Tommy with the camera.

WORKING

"We still have plenty to do," says Shane. "We'll keep on working hard for the resumption of the league, and then the championship will begin in late August."

Last season, Vins made the final. They lost to Ballyboden St Enda's. When the game was over, Shane hid his disappointment and urged Boden to represent Dublin with all their might in the championship.

And now he's issuing the same plea to Murphy agus a Chairde. Like Tommy Clancy, Shane can always see the big picture.


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