Loman’s looming large for Ballyboden

by Gazette Reporter

DUBLIN Senior Football champions Ballyboden will travel to Westmeath on Sunday looking to book their place in a first-ever Leinster championship final for the Firhouse Road side.
Andy McEntee’s side will take to Cusack Park, Mullingar to face a formidable St Loman’s in the provincial semi-final knowing the whole of the capital is cheering them on.
In the days leading up to the big game, we spoke to Boden selector Noel Basquel to get an insight into how the squad is feeling physically and mentally.
“Everybody in the squad – except Ryan [Basquel] of course – is fit and raring to go for Sunday,” he said. “There’s a great spirit in the camp at the minute so fingers crossed we can put in another top performance this weekend.”
Ryan Basquel has been injured since suffering a knock in the county final win over St Vincent’s, missing the Leinster semi two weeks ago against St Pat’s, which was played in horrific conditions in Louth.
The Boden selector said the busy schedule, which has included a league derby against Kilmacud Crokes last Friday night, has been difficult to manage.
“It’s been tough enough with all the games coming on top of each other with not much rest in between to allow players to recover but on the other hand it’s good as it brings continuity and allows the squad to gain momentum as long as we continue to get the right results,” he answered.
In the last three years, the Dublin senior champions have gone on to win Leinster, with St Vincent’s victorious in the past two seasons while Ballymun Kickhams were successful in 2012. With that in mind, we question Basquel on whether or not there is added pressure in the Boden camp to do well in Leinster.
“No I wouldn’t say we’re feeling any pressure, it’s more of an adventure that we’re excited to be in and we want to continue,” he said. The other clubs left in Leinster have much more experience than us at this level so just because we’re Dublin champions doesn’t mean much in that case.”
Having beaten Vincent’s, which many consider to be one of the most talented teams in the country, Basquel believes this Boden side is good enough to take on anyone in the country, but insists the squad are focused solely on the next game.

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