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Synger looking at positives despite loss

A THREE-CARD trick to be proud of – that's the feeling at Templeogue Synge Street.

This season was their third at adult level, but yet again they reached a championship final.

They lost to Kilmacud Crokes in the Tesco Junior C decider, but Synger will be back for more encores. There's no doubt about that.

In 2011, they collected the Junior E Championship crown. And, last term, they brought home the Junior D Championship prize.

Distinguished goalkeeper Gabrielle Ruane is the player-manager. Maurice Brew and Matt Cleary are her eyes in the dug-out.

"Getting to three championship finals in succession is a wonderful achievement for the girls. And to win two of them is not bad going," said Brew.

"They are a marvellous group. It's always disappointing to lose a final, but we were beaten by a very good Kilmacud side.

"Kilmacud played some excellent football. They had tremendous speed. They were certainly deserving winners.

"But we have the consolation of winning the league (Division 5), so we are definitely going in the right direction.


"We have a very young side. They trained hard all year and the future is looking very bright."

Ruane echoes to the same beat. She is thrilled to see such a solid juvenile platform in place.

She played for one of the best teams of them all, Portobello – the All Blacks of Dublin ladies' football.

The five-in-a-row champions. Charming summer nights on the Leinster Road, and late ones hosted by the genial Jamesie O'Donnell on the bridge. And the way things are going, it mightn't be too long before the Super Hoops are parading the Michael Murphy Cup through the streets of Dublin 6.