Sars’ Flanagan aiming high for summer bid

by Cóilín Duffy

DUBLIN SENIOR camogie player Emma Flanagan believes her side can deliver silverware this year, and that it can come in the championship.

John Treacy’s new charges got their 2020 campaign off to a positive start, running reigning All-Ireland champions Galway to three points in their Littlewoods Division 1 League opener.

Flanagan says there’s a chance the long drought for silverware may come to an end this summer, with Dublin harbouring realistic expectations of delivering a provincial crown.

“Obviously, we are going out to win every time we play, and something like a Leinster title is something that we could target, especially this year,” she told Dublin Gazette at the launch of Mitsubishi Motors’ new partnership with Dublin GAA as official vehicle sponsors.

“In the past few years, we have always been getting someone very tough in the first round. But I think the draw might be a little bit more favourable this time.

“Leinster is definitely somewhere you can target when you and other teams might not be expecting you to be ready.

“If we go all-out for that one, then I think there’s definitely a possibility.

“If we got something like that, there’s nothing to say we couldn’t drive on for the All-Ireland championship and then to have that confidence behind the team.”

There were plenty of positives to take from that league opener against Galway, with Dublin putting it up to a very strong and experienced Tribeswomen side.

“They didn’t field a ‘B’ team or anything,” the Lucan Sarsfields woman said.

“They put out most of their starters from last year. To see that they gave us that much respect, and we gave them a right battle and scared the life out of them, I’d say!

“Just a few things on the day [went wrong for us]; a couple of goal chances and if things like that went in or if we had got a few more shots…

“It was only a few calls – a few frees that Galway got near the end and a few points. Other than that, there was nothing in it!”

An away trip to Tipperary is next up this weekend for Dublin. The Premier County beat Limerick by a point in their opening game, and Flanagan says her side have nothing to fear.

“We would see Tipperary as one of the teams we are able to beat,” she said.

“We know how they play. I’d say we play them nearly every year in the championship, and it is always a tight game, so we would always fancy ourselves against them, especially the way we are going at the moment.

“If we could put together a performance the way we did against Galway and, just maybe get a few more attacks, or take our shots from distance, just getting the shots off and having the confidence to do that in our team.

“If we do that against Tipperary, I’ve confidence we can get the result, because we are well able for them. We know them from playing over the years.”

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