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Captain Leacy plans renewed Model push

Wexford attacker Una Leacy has vowed to put the crushing disappointment of last season behind her as she prepares to lead her side out against Dublin this Sunday in the opening round of the National League Division 1.

Leacy, an All Star winner in 2007, revealed that a poor run of form, plus niggling injuries, forced her to reconsider her commitment to the game after the Wexford defeat to Cork in last year's Gala All-Ireland semi-final.

"Our season was really disappointing to be honest. After winning the league, we felt that we could push on from there. Against Cork in the All-Ireland semi we were leading at half-time, but failed to perform in the second half and they ran out winners by around five points.

"I was not happy with my own performance at all and last year. I want to improve and push on from it and get my playing confidence back again."

It will be very much a family affair for the Oulart-the-Ballagh attacker on Sunday afternoon as older sibling Mary lines out in defence while their mother, Margaret, a nominee on the Camogie Centenary team, will be leading the support from the stand.

Former Wexford hurler JJ Doyle takes charge of the side following the departure of 2007 All-Ireland winning manager Stellah Sinnott and he welcomes back last weekend's victorious Waterford IT trio of Ursula Jacob, Katrina Parrock and Stacey Redmond, while twin attackers Linda and Lisa Bolger will hope to get their first competitive start.

Last year's All-Ireland finalists Kilkenny face Tipp on Sunday and manager Ann Downey will be hoping that the recent Ashbourne and Purcell finals and a raft of post-primary fixtures will not adversely affect the Cats' opening display.

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