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Tribes wary of Dubs rising

DUBLIN'S share price is rising. Galway mentor, Liam Hodgins, has been keeping an eye on the capital's stock exchange.

"Their league win over Wexford earlier this season did them the power of good. It was a huge boost to Dublin's standing," noted Liam.

"Don't forget, Wexford were the All-Ireland champions, and I also felt that Dublin's display against us in the league was impressive.

"Like Dublin hurling, the camogie people have been putting in the work. The clubs and everybody concerned are making the effort, and Dublin will reap the rewards in the near future."

Post the Denis Murphy era, as the capital folk await white smoke, Liam contends that the standards are evening out. "On any given day, every team is capable of winning. And that's all down to the work these counties are putting in."

Galway work harder than most. They collected All-Ireland gold in September, beating Kilkenny in the final.

"We have a good camogie tradition in Galway, but before this year our only All-Ireland success was in 1996. We have got to a few finals since and lost.

"Last year we were in the semi-final and the year before that it was the final, so we were hoping for better things this season.

"We beat Dublin in O'Toole Park, but we didn't make the league play-offs. We then knuckled down for the championship and we took it from there.

"The return of the Killimor and Castlegar girls was a big help, and the Dublin result was also a lift as we went forward."