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Fox Cabs relish Leinster clash with Laois champs

HOME will be the champions. Kilbogget Park will be looking its Sunday best. The first weekend in October will see Foxrock Cabinteely welcome the Laois champions.

"That will be a massive occasion," predicts Pat Ring. "In the past we have had experience of Leinster campaigns in the junior and intermediate grades, but this is a whole different ball game."

They have made some progress in a year. Last season, Na Fianna left Kilbogget Park with a most handsome victory in the semi-final of the championship. They went on to win Dublin, Leinster and reach the All-Ireland final.

In doing so, they took the sport to a new level in the capital. It was hard to see any side living with them.

Yet, 12 months on, there is a new name on the Murphy Cup. And the success can be put down to those two well known words -- hard work.

"We were fit. We have been on the road since January. We had a plan and we stuck to it," revealed Pat.

In the final, Foxrock Cabinteely mirrored the industry of Donegal. The tough graft had been done.

So much so that on the week of the final, the Fox Cabs went to the cinema, swam in the 40-foot and went out, as a squad, to cheer on their junior side.

"These players are heroes. They are such role models for the young players coming up. They are just absolutely outstanding.

"From our point of view, as a management team, it is a privilege to be involved with them."

Following a well-deserved week off, the Fox Cabs will now gear up for Leinster. "We have about four weeks before that game, so that will be the focus now," asserts Pat. "We have been overcome with all the messages of congratulations we have got from Dublin clubs and individuals. We have received so much goodwill."

Pat also compliments the Fox Cab committee. "They pulled out all the stops for us, and they continue to do so. We had a huge support at the final. The buses were packed with our younger members."

The kids will all be out again in October. And hopefully for a few weekends after that.

The Dublin Championship is called the Tesco Homegrown Club Championship. And with 23 of the 30 Fox Cab squad having come through the ranks, that has an appropriate ring to it. "Becoming Dublin senior champions is such a huge boost to the whole club. It will inspire the young girls," states Pat. Last term, Na Fianna represented the county with distinction. Foxrock Cabinteely will do the same.