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Dublin's Lyndsey Davey still on course for 18th senior season

Dublin star Lyndsey Davey at Skerries Harbour; AIG Insurance has partnered with TG4 and the LGFA to showcase the Teams of the 2020 All-Ireland Ladies Football Championships.
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2020 was supposed to be the year that Lyndsey Davey retired from playing Ladies Football for Dublin – yet the signs are that she’ll keep going this season too.

Despite the demands of her job, as a fire-fighter with Dublin Airport Fire Service, she’s keeping her options open on an 18th senior season with the girls in blue.

Amazingly, she’s still only 31, having made her senior debut at the age of 14, and admits that another championship delayed until later in the year may help her play on:

“I noticed a big difference last year with the season with my performances having that couple of months in the summer to get the body right…

“The body is good, but I suppose with everything that is going on with Covid work is my main priority. Thankfully [manager] Mick [Bohan] has been great, there hasn’t been any pressure on committing to the season.

“No one knows what is happening at the moment with regards to the season ahead so I haven’t made a decision at the moment. I’m just focused on work during the pandemic.”

Whether or not she’s involved, Dublin know they’ll be challenged hard as they target five-in-a-row. The Skerries woman insists it hasn’t been plain sailing for the Dubs, with other sides, including Armagh, coming close to rocking their boat:

“I think it has been like that for the last couple of years. At the top, there are such fine margins between the teams.

“Look at the battles we had last year with Armagh and Donegal in the championship. We always have big battles against Galway and Mayo, as well, so they are such fine margins at the top of the table that I never see it as a case that it is just going to be Dublin and Cork.

“It is very unpredictable. There are a lot of teams there that are pushing. With the championship this year, it is going to be very interesting to see what teams are going to be on top.”

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