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Gilheaney: The girls are eager to get going

DUBLIN have been moving well in training. The scent of the championship always increases the tempo.

"The gap between the end of the league and the start of the championship is a long one. You think it will never come," reflects Dubs boss, Paul Gilheaney.

"But then, suddenly, it's on top of you. We are all looking forward to it. The girls are eager to get going now.

"Our preparations have been going nicely. We have been travelling well, and our injuries, for the most part, have cleared up."

Yet Denise McKenna is a major doubt. She has been struggling with a heel injury.

"The squad have been working hard. As a management group, we are very happy with the effort."

Dublin missed out on a Division 1 semi-final spot by a knuckle.

Yet Paul states there were many positives to take into the summer.

"It was a pretty decent league campaign from our point of view. Okay, we were disappointed we didn't make the play-offs in the end.

"A couple of defeats cost us. But if we had been told last January that we'd be in contention for a semi-final spot, we would have taken it. The aim of the league was to give as many players as possible as much game-time as we could. That will stand to us now against Kildare.

"It will be a stiff test, but I have every confidence in the girls."