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Keane's Clontarf crew making waves

ANTO DALY likes the bounce in the turf. The Clontarf sod is his favourite front garden.

The Dubs have perfected their touch there. It's the place the Tarf call home. Get out the white-wash, put up a net and you could call over Nadal and Federer.

Hurling's hum is ever rising along the coast. "It's all about keeping the game going as best we can," says Michael Keane.

He's managing the AHL 5 side with Eoin Teeling, Aidan O'Halloran and Keith Horgan, the former Dub and the Lordly Larrier.

Keith's arrival has raised the bar. "It's a massive boost to us having something of Keith's calibre," adds Michael.

"He's very committed. He brings such experience to it and the players have responded. We are lucky to have him."

There are around 25 players in the squad. "It can be pretty tight at times because we have a lot of dual players. You also have to contend with injuries. Hurling is going along nicely in the club, but we know we have plenty of work to do."

Clontarf's AHL Division 8 crew are also dedicated, the U15s are in Division 1, while the minors have much promise. Dalo's Dubs doing well helps to lift all boats, including those down at the sea-side.

For the Clontarf first team, nothing comes easily in league, championship or cup. And that in itself is a positive sign.

PROMISE

In the league, they drew away to St Maur's and had Junior 'B' Championship wins against Kevin's and Crumlin. Also in their championship group are Ballinteer St John's, St Brigid's and Faughs.

"Every match is difficult. You are meeting decent sides all the time. The standard is high. It's getting better.

"All we can do is to keep the head down and try to keep on improving. The lads are enthusiastic.

"We are happy enough with the way things are going. We have made a fair start to the season, but it's very early days yet.

"As I say, there are plenty of excellent teams around. It's all about putting in the effort. Our priority is to keep hurling healthy. We have good people in the club and we are optimistic about the future."


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