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Stephanie's Poc Fada bid

ONE of Dublin's top goalkeepers, Stephanie Carthy, could be a contender in the Poc Fada competition.

Stephanie keeps goal for Dublin, the All-Ireland junior champions. She was practicing the art in the Scottish highlands last week.

Herself and mentor, Dave Pearson, decided to try and drive the sliotar across the huge expanse of the River Ness, which flowed outside the Columba Hotel where the Dubs were staying at Inverness.

Dave went first. He had two attempts. They fell short. Stephanie followed. She propelled the ball further, but, at the last second, both her shots hit the water. So four faults all-round. The Lock Ness monster didn't mind. He enjoyed four meaty balls for his tea.

A successful Dublin Poc Fada was held on the Hill of Howth this summer, and the Mearnóg maestro could well be in the frame next year.

Dublin prepared well for the Shinty/Camogie challenge. They held special training sessions at Trinity Gaels, Na Fianna and Thomas Davis. And the great Tom Ryan even provided them with shinty sticks.

Taking to the Cooley Mountains with a shinty stick – that indeed would be a challenge.