It was a very tough game to start with playing the All-Ireland champions and while they were well beaten the team showed lots of promise. After a really good first ten minutes things gradually began to become unstuck and Tipp upped the gears and they are almost unstoppable when they move into overdrive. A visit to Cork on Saturday is up next for our young team and while it will be a difficult game Dublin can cause a surprise. These young players will greatly benefit from playing the best teams and Dublin hurling fans will need to be patient. Friends of Dublin Hurling are running a bus to the game- leaving Connolly Station at 2pm and The Post Office Rathcoole at 2.30pm. The return fare is €10 for members and €15 for non-members. Membership [€20] can be purchase on the bus. The bus will stop for a short break at Fermoy. To book your seat text your name and pick-up point to 0872331983 no later than 6pm on Thursday. Dublin senior and minor camogie teams are also travelling to Cork on Saturday for their first round league games. The senior team, managed by former Kilkenny goalkeeper David Herity, have been in serious training since early December and are looking forward to the year ahead. The draw for the league has not been kind to Dublin as they are in the same group as three of 2016 All-Ireland semi-finalists. They will be short some players due to college games and injuries. Laura Twomey, co-captain with Eve O’Brien, injured her knee in Dublin’s last challenge game against Meath and is out for the immediate future. Síle Nic Coitir is making great progress after her cruciate operation and is hoping to be back in contention by May. The Premier B camogie team are at home to Roscommon this weekend. Good luck to all our teams.