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Jackies must take Clare if they're to seal spot in semis

The draw for the TG4 All-Ireland quarter-finals took place on Sunday and it has pitted the Dublin ladies against last year's Intermediate champions, Clare, writes Diarmuid Geraghty.

The Banner county have proven that they are more than capable at senior level this season and so it is sure to be a tough task for the Jackies to qualify for the last four.

Dublin manager Gerry McGill is well aware of the task that faces his side. "We knew that no matter what the draw threw up that it was going to be a tough task," mused McGill.


"Clare have an excellent forward line and a very strong midfield so we know the areas which we have to focus on if we are to progress."

The forward line McGill referred to was in exceptional form at the weekend as they put Tipperary out of the championship and racked up 2-16 in the process.

It will be four weeks between the Leinster final win over Laois and the fixture with Clare.

Having seen what happened to the provincial winners in the men's competition, it is not something that McGill is overly worried about.

"I don't think it will play a huge part to be honest," he concluded. "We've got in some challenge games and the girls have been playing championship for their clubs so the competitive edge should still be there."


pPride of Place goes to our under-16 team who overcame a determined Tyrone side to clinch an All Ireland place in a fortnight's time. Dublin ran out 3-11 to Tyrone's 2-10 and a full report is on the website.

The next meeting of the County Board will be in Parnell Park on Tuesday 17th August next, Juvenile Championship draws will be made. A full agenda will be circulated in advance.

pIn a document circulated for last month's Board meeting, U10s were shown as playing the Autumn Season on Sunday evening -- this should be Saturday evening; apologies!

pThe new staffed Dublin Ladies Gaelic Office will open for business on August 18th. More details soon on the website.

pSome timely notices: Articles, stories, etc for the next edition of PEIL magazine are to be with Head Office before 1st October next. These should all be sent to cliodhnaoconnor@ladiesgaelic.ie and any accompanying photos to photosladiesgaelicfootball@gmail.com. Head Office would like feedback on PEIL -- what do you the readers like about PEIL? Have you any suggestions to improve it? A form is circulated to the Clubs -- please ask your delegates for a copy which you can eMail in with your thoughts!

pAnd finally, some clubs still owe for the six ALL IRELAND tickets. Please send your cheque to the Co Secretary, asap -- thanks.