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Underage Jackies step into overdrive

NO DOUBT about it - Dublin are the Leinster leaders.

The fab Under-14s and the stylish Under-16s made it a 'Westmanstown Wonderland' last Saturday.

The Blues ensured it was a double-top with two excellent wins in the Leinster Championship.

The U14s proved too formidable for Wicklow, winning by 6-16 to 1-10. The hard work was done by half-time as the hosts led by 5-11 to 0-4.

The U16 clash was closer as the Dubs overcame Longford by 3-25 to 3-7. Dublin were ahead at the turn, 1-13 to 1-5.

Tara O'Flaherty, Megan Morrissey and Rebecca McDonnell were in impressive form for the winners.

And there were also handsome contributions from Kate Murphy, Fiona Terry, Louise Ryan, Sinead Collins and Niamh Ryan.

The ongoing progress of the U14s and the U16s, plus the magnificent minors, fills the capital with hope.

When the provincial and All-Ireland medals are being given out this season, Dublin will be in there with more than just a shout.

It's the dedicated graft over the years that has led to this healthy situation. Hour after hour on the factory floor.

And with the ever-increasing river of talent, the future for the Jackies has never looked brighter.