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Wexford the first port of call for league tilt

THE Blue tide is coming in. The Dubs are about to set sail.

They'll head down the N11 next Sunday to begin their Division 1 National League campaign against Wexford.

They'll then be at home to Clare on the following Saturday, March 6, before completing their Group 1 programme by hosting Galway on March 14. Two home games is an advantage, and avoiding Group 2 is another slice of luck. It contains Cork, Kilkenny and Tipp.

The top two from each pool progress to the league semi-finals on April 10. What a lift it would be if the Dubs were in the mix.

One of the game's most respected philosophers, Tom Hayes, believes that Dublin are not too far off the summit.

"What we need is for Dublin to make the breakthrough," says Tom.

"It would be terrific for them to get into the top four. A Dublin team in an All-Ireland final would be a huge boost to the game.

"Camogie has improved so much in recent years in terms of its skill, speed and fitness. You have the likes of Cork, Kilkenny, Tipp, Galway and Wexford. And I would include Dublin in that category.

"As I say, they just need that run that would get them into the semi-final of the league or championship.

"The potential is there. There's so much talent in Dublin. The work is being put in.

"I'd be hopeful for the future. And not just for Dublin but for the sport itself.

"I'm a hurling man through and through. Camogie is such a fantastic game. Like hurling, it's unique.

"The more children you get playing it the better.

"The enjoyment they get is phenomenal," states Tom.