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Martin's Minor Marvels make an impressive start

HANNAH Hegarty is wearing the captain's arm-band ..... on the double.

Hannah has been appointed skipper of the Dublin minor footballers and the camogie team.

It's a proud distinction for herself, and indeed for her club, St Jude's.

Dublin minor footballers began their Leinster Championship campaign with a sprint at Parnell's last Saturday.

They had a handsome victory over Westmeath. It was a repeat of last summer's Leinster final in Clane.

The Dubs had a convincing victory on that afternoon as well. Katie Murphy hit 3-4 from play as the Blues secured the four-in-a-row.

It was Dublin's ninth Leinster crown in the last ten years. Laois were champs in 2010. But new boss, Martin McDonnell, is not reading the record books. It's one pass at a time.

"We are just trying to help the girls give the best of themselves every time they go out," reflects Martin.

One hundred and 40 players attended the trials. There's now 34 in the squad, representing 19 clubs. There are ten players from last year's panel. With such a depth of talent in the county, making the first 15 is an achievement in itself.

"Hopefully, if we can perform at our best, it will take us a long way down the road," says Martin.