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Hugh Gill

Hugh Gill

Hugh Gill

HUGH Gill made the Dubs Stars first fifteen. He'll be in action on New Year's Day.

He won't have far to travel. The home of Parnell's is just a saunter up the Malahide Road.

Next Sunday, Hugh hopes that St Vincent's will return to Páirc Naomh Uinsionn with the Leinster chalice.

They'll tackle Rhode of Offaly in Navan (throw-in 2.0). Once again, the Marino march will begin.

"The support has been brilliant. The Vincent's crowd are great travellers," states Hugh.

This term they took the road to O'Moore Park in Portlaoise for the first defence of their provincial crown.

It was expected to be a stiff test against Portlaoise, but the Dubliners won well.

Next up were Garrycastle in Parnell Park. Vins were tipped to come through comfortably.

"We weren't happy with that display," admits Hugh. "We know we have plenty to work on for Sunday.

"Rhode are a good side, and they won well against Moorefield, so we know how difficult it is going to be."

And the accomplished defender reveals that the All-Ireland champs still haven't found what they are looking for.

"We are always striving to produce that perfect game for the sixty minutes. In the last couple of matches, we played well for 30 minutes or so but then we dropped off.

"It's just about trying to keep it going for the hour. It's a matter of keeping a good focus on what we are want to do."

The Offaly side have also beaten St Patrick's of Louth and the Meath heavyweights, Navan O'Mahony's.

It's been a long couple of seasons on tour following Vincent's back-to-back Dublin heroics.

"The big challenge is keeping the hunger up, and maintaining that freshness.

"But Tommy (Conroy) has done a great job in that regard.

"And the big panel is also a help.

"We have ten to fifteen lads in the squad looking to get onto the team, so that is a plus.

"The bench has been important to us. Lads have come in to games and have helped to get us over the line."

The industry has also been a notable feature of the success.

"That's something that Ger Brennan always remarks on. It's vital that we work hard for each other.

"There's a good spirit in the group. And, as Ger also says, we are out there because we enjoy it.

"And one of the nicest times is when you come back into the dressing-room after a win and savour those few minutes in each other's company."