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Barcelona awaits for Grangewoodbine

THE WONDERFUL city of Barcelona -- home of the current Champions League winners -- beckons for the youngsters of Grange Woodbine next month.

Grange Woodbine's under 12s are heading to Barcelona for an international tournament between April 1 and 5 -- and excitement amongst those who are going is beginning to reach fever pitch.

The north Dublin club has two teams playing in the Brenfer League this season at under 12 level -- in 12C and 12D -- and the squad travelling to Spain is a combination of both teams.

In total 18 players will depart from Dublin Airport for the trip to Barcelona. "It will be the first ever trip for these players," admitted Alan Fitzsimons, one of the team's managers.

"They are all really excited about it all and I am sure it will be a wonderful experience for everyone concerned," he added.

The group are currently busy fundraising for the trip and the hope is that everyone will be kitted out in training tops and tracksuits.

They are also looking for sponsorship and any person or business interested in helping out with sponsorship or simply with a financial contribution to the teams' trip to Spain should make contact with either Dominic 087 6850694, Alan on 087 9110713 or Joe on 086 3139255.

No doubt when they return from Barcelona they will have some wonderful tales to tell. It should be a wonderful trip for all concerned.

Kennedy Cup draw in Red Cow Hotel tomorrow

ALL eyes will be on Dublin tomorrow evening for the Kennedy Cup draw which takes palce at the Red Cow Hotel with a 7pm start.

This year's Kennedy Cup is scheduled to take place at Limerick University from June 21 through to June 25.

And it will see the DDSL aim to make it seven titles in a row. They won last year's crown -- a record breaking sixth in a row -- with a 2-1 win over the Brenfer League.

The Brenfer League will be hoping to go one better than last year. They won their one and so far only Kennedy Cup crown back in 1995.

But they enjoyed a highly successful tournament last June in Limerick, only to fall one victory short of their second win in the prestigious under 13 event.

Having been top seed in Group 1 last year, they went win their first two games against Longford (3-1) and NEC (7-0) before recording a scoreless draw with Wexford to top the Group with seven points and progress to the Cup quarter finals.

In the last eight they were 2-0 winners over Donegal to earn a semi-final spot against Galway, where after a scoreless draw they made it to the final after a nerve jangling 4-3 penalty shoot-out win.

Sadly, the DDSL put pay to their dreams of a second Kennedy Cup success with that 2-1 win in the Final, but maybe this June they can achieve that goal.

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