Fox four’s final focus

by Stephen Findlater

FOXROCK/Cabinteely are in rude health as they gear up for their New Ireland Assurance DLGFA senior championship final against Ballyboden St Enda’s at Lawless Park in Swords on Sunday at 4pm.
It comes hot on the heels of Dublin’s brilliant run to All-Ireland glory last Sunday in Croke Park. It means the club have had to prepare for the game without four of their stars – Sinead Goldrick, Niamh Collins, Hannah O’Neill and Tarah O’Sullivan, along with the injured Amy Connolly – who were part of the county squad but this is not a new experience according to manager Pat Ring.
“It would have [affected preparation] a little bit but that wouldn’t be unusual,” Ring told GazetteSport. “We are kind of used to that really because it’s not just this time of the year that we wouldn’t have the Dublin players.
“There would be key times during the season were we wouldn’t see them for periods so, as a team and a club we know that in advance and plan for it.”
Despite having won probably one of the biggest game of their careers a week prior, Ring is confident the Dublin members will be ready to go once again by kick off on Sunday.
“All preparation over the next few days is purely just tactical. This team has been together for a long period and it only takes a day for them to gel again.
“It’s great from a club perspective to have players playing at that level and representing our club with distinction.
“Normally if the Dublin girls have any issues, they would have been onto us at this stage because they know that if there is an issue then we have to come up with a plan b. We haven’t heard anything back.
“I suppose, this week is more about getting proper rest and recovery, proper food, plenty of hydration, and just getting the head right.”
Connolly is one star to definitely miss out having had surgery last week on the ACL injury she picked up while playing for Dublin back in June.
Foxrock/Cabinteely have already beaten Ballyboden twice this season but Ring knows his side can nothing for granted against such top opponents.
“We beat them in the championship at their ground in the group stages but that’s a one off. We’d have the height of respect for Ballyboden as a club because, up until about 2010/11, they’d have won nine senior Dublin championships in a row.
“They’ve probably had a few lean years since but we’ll be approaching this game the same as we do any other game – with the height of respect for our opposition.
“Really, it’s about us and how we perform on the day. If we can get our performance right and our players playing to a high standard well then we have a chance.”
“Any team who get to a county final don’t go there to lose it, they go to win it.”

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