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Fitness helps Davis along road to glory

THE Thomas Davis manager, Stephen Bates, is a fitness expert by profession.

He had the Kiltipper Kids flying in Saturday's Junior 'A' Championship final.

This is his first gig in ladies football. Niall Kelly and Mary McGrath are his co-mentors.

Thomas Davis were in control from the first bell.

"We made a good start with the breeze and overall it was an excellent display," Bates reflected.

He was just as impressed with the industry against the strong wind.

"The girls stuck at their task very well and eventually we were able to power on and make sure of victory."

The two teams share an interesting history.

"We won the cup last year, beating Lucan in the final, but then they pipped us for the league in the last game of the season.

"But this is the one we really wanted. We have had many disappointments over the years. Three seasons ago we lost the championship final and the players were heartbroken.

"But we regrouped after that and they put in the work. Winning the Junior Championship was our goal this year.

"Now we have a Leinster campaign to look forward to. It's great to be representing Dublin.

"We have a few games left in the league. We are in a safe position in the table, so we have no worries there.

"Our aim now is to consolidate our position in the Intermediate Championship and eventually push on into senior."


Intercounty management: Applications for all intercounty managers from U14, U16, Minor, Senior 'B' and Senior are now open. Please see full details on our website. The closing date for all applications is today.

Development Courses: Level 1 Coaching Course taking place on Saturday, September 8 and October 20. A Key to Coaching Stage 2 Workshop is being held in Thomas Davis on Tuesday October 2 from 7.30pm to 10pm. The course will be delivered by All-Ireland winning manager Gerry McGill. Please contact dublindevelopmentofficer2012@gmail.com to book your place, limited places available. All applicants must have completed a FUNdamentals course to take part and be over 16. Check out our website on www.dublinladiesgaelic.ie for more details.

Congrats to Thomas Davis who beat Lucan on Saturday to become the Tesco Homegrown Junior 'A' Club Championship winners for 2012. Thank you to St Peregrine's for hosting and to the supporters from both clubs who came in such big numbers. Great day for Ladies Football.

The next County Board Meeting takes place on Tuesday September 17 at 7:30pm in Parnell Pk. Please ensure all correspondence is with the co sec for the executive meeting on September 10.