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It's tonic we need - Gerry

PERFECT timing - that was Gerry McGough's reaction to Dublin's National League Division 4 success last Sunday.

"The National Féile is coming to Dublin. The schools visits will be starting. We'll be making sure that this trophy goes to as many schools as possible," stated Gerry, managing the Dubs with Sandra Tarr, Brendan Cooper, Dave Dunning and Colm Berkeley.

"Having a national title to show the children is just the tonic we need. It will help them aspire to playing for their clubs and try to get onto Dublin development squads, etc. It's the ideal boost for Dublin as the Féile hosts."

Prepared

Gerry added that Sunday's victory over Carlow was just the start of the journey. "Winning the league was our first target. We are delighted we have done that.

"But, as far as we are concerned, the season has only started. We'll give the girls this week off, but then it's straight back into it. We have the Leinster Championship coming up, and then there's the All-Ireland Championship, so we want to make sure we are well prepared.

"We have 30 players on the panel. We brought in a few new faces as the league went along, and we'll continue to look around the county.

"We have done a lot of work, but we must build on this now. Yet, for the moment, the players and the management team are just thrilled to have won a national title for the county. It's a big lift for everybody."

Stepping back into Division 4 was like moving two steps forward, according to Gerry. "Okay, some people might say it's Division 4 and we moved down a couple of divisions. But it has suited us because of what we are trying to do. We are a development squad with a lot of young players, many aged 17, 18 and 19.

"In the last few years we have been at the Premier Junior grade, and we found ourselves out of our depth.

"Reverting to the Junior B Championship and Division 4 is a positive move for us because we are looking at the bigger picture down the road.

"I have to compliment the Camogie Association for the new structures they have brought in. It gives the so-called weaker counties a better chance to make progress.

Promoted

"We are Dublin's second string. We played against the Carlow first team, who are a very good side, and I felt the two of us produced a terrific game. Having won, we'll probably be promoted now. But that's a challenge we'll look forward to."

A tight match was predicted. When the teams met in Mearnóg in the group stage, Carlow won a memorable contest.

It was Dublin's only defeat of the campaign. And maybe it was the best team-talk they could have got for the final. The Blues knew they had to be buzzing from the get-go.

Carlow possess some first-class players and an admirable work ethic. They are making tremendous strides in the county.

Yet, on the big day, Dublin delivered, and Gerry judged it all came down to the industry that the panel had put in.

"Things were very well organised this year," he said. "Much better than in the past, and now it has paid off."

Could this be the beginning of the Dublin Revolution?


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