Dublin forward Nicole Owens wants to end her Croke Park hoodoo and secure an All-Ireland final win against Cork at the All-Ireland.
A League campaign saw Dublin lose to Galway, but Mick Bohan’s side still picked up their first Division 1 title against Mayo, in a repeat of last year’s All-Ireland final.
But the chance to take on Cork in the decider next Sunday, after losing in the 2014, 2015 and 2016 finals is a mouthwatering challenge for Owens, and she says Dublin are keen to defend their title.
“There is a factor in that, that we’ve lost three to them where you want to come away with the win but it’s the best two teams who make the final and we strongly believe that if we play to the best of our abilities and follow our game plan that we are the best team in the country,” said Owens.
“Whether it’s Cork, had it been Donegal or whoever, the onus is on us to perform and it’s a final and we’re going to go out to win. Definitely we’re a happy camp but we also have some things to improve on.
“Last year we won and we consider ourselves the top team in the country and we are determined to defend last year.”
St Sylvester’s clubwoman Owens bagged 1-1 in Dublin’s impressive semi-final win against Galway and has scored in each of Dublin’s five championship games to date, which shows she could well add to the first All-Star she picked up last season.
Owens is very much looking forward to bringing her A-game to Croke Park.
“Last year we were really happy obviously with our performance coming away but Mick always asks us to improve as a team,” said Owens.
“This year we’re focusing on different things and we’re trying to lift and positively push our performance up and up and up. Hopefully the final will be the culmination of everything so far this year.
“(Against Galway) it was not as comprehensive in the second-half as we would have liked but it’s another All-Ireland final, it’s our fifth one in five years.
“The last five years I have been involved have been great, so it’s a brilliant run, we’ve made it every year and last year was the peak of that so this year we’re looking at continuing it on and creating a legacy.”
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