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Young Dubs keep Friendship Games in family

THEY boarded the early morning Enterprise to Belfast. It was the 82nd annual Friendship Games between Dublin Cumann na mBunscol and Antrim.

A total of 72 players made the trip. Five codes were played – hurling, camogie, handball, girls' football and boys' football. The action brought the curtain down on Casement Park before its redevelopment.

It was a good day for the Dubs. They won the grand slam. Girls' football captain, Grace Kos (St Patrick's GNS, Hollypark) set the tone. She battled through injury to inspire her colleagues. She is a niece of the Cork All-Star Michael Shields. Niamh Cummins (Holy Trinity NS) is related to Tipp's Brendan Cummins. Evelyn Mackey (St Brigid's, Cabinteely) made the save of the season. Molly Basquille (Scoil Lorcáin) got the golden goal.

Cheyanne Johnston (Assumption, Walkinstown) was the Captain Fantastic and excellent goalkeeper for the camogie side, whose goals came from Ciara Murphy (Scoil Olaf) and Aine Reilly (Assumption, Walkinstown).

Aaron O'Toole (St Laurence's) got a basket of scores in the hurling. Adam Kelleher (St Mary's) is the son of former Dublin star Brian, while his Mary's team-mate Jack Lambert is the brother of Dublin's Simon.

The handball heroes came from two schools, Scoil an tSeachtar Laoch, Ballymun and Scoil Mobhi, Glasnevin. Suirside Superstar, Catriona Casey, was in the dugout. Mobhi maestro, John O Cleirigh, won the crucial game.

Former Dub David Henry managed the footballers. The team included Ger Brennan's nephew Tiarnan O Braonain (Gaelscoil Thaobh na Coille).

Also on duty were Cian O Cathasaigh, grandson of former Limerick captain Tom Casey. Stephen Bogan (Rush NS) was the skipper, while Shane Flynn (St Mary's, Rathfarnham), grandson of former Dub Aidan Donnelly, was among the goals.