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Golden year at O'Dwyer's

Brace of titles cap magnificent season for Balbriggan heroesTHEY have been reminded of Meatloaf out Balbriggan way. Two out of four ain't bad.

O'Dwyer's have enjoyed a golden season. They reached three finals and a semi-final. It sparked much reaction in the town. "We are so proud of them all," declared O'Dwyer's PRO, Denise White.

"All the teams wore the jersey with such pride. They represented the club with distinction, and it was a wonderful achievement to win two from four competitions."

The good vibrations have lingered on. "We had a big celebration in the clubhouse and everybody enjoyed themselves," added Denise.

"All year, the players and the mentors were just brilliant. They put in such hard work.

"The support the teams got was also fantastic. The club members really got behind the teams."

The U16s had much to reflect on. They remained unbeaten in both league and championship. They beat Westmanstown Gaels in the Division 3A Championship final at Ringsend. O'Dwyer's had a blistering start and a sprint finish.

The super 12s secured the U12 Division 6B championship crown, overcoming Ballyboden St Enda's at Rolestown. The defending and all-round excitement in this tussle from both sides was exceptional. A huge crowd lapped it up.

The fab 15s have enjoyed a sparkling campaign in the league and championship. They progressed to the Division 1 championship final where, despite falling to a crack Ballyboden St Enda's side, they had much to recommend them.

"The U14s also gave it their best shot against St Sylvester's in the Division 2 semi-final, but, unfortunately, they were beaten by two points.

"Like all the teams, the U14s worked so hard during the year and that was reflected in their showing against Syls," noted Denise.

In time, some of the O'Dwyer's players may well progress to become All-Stars. Dublin earned two O'Neill's/TG4 All-Star Awards at Citywest on Saturday night.

Two of the county's finest forwards, Elaine Kelly (St Brigid's) and Sinead Aherne (St Sylvester's), were honoured. Dublin, who had nine nominations, reached the All-Ireland quarter-final this term. It is further recognition for Aherne, who recently collected the Golden Boot accolade.