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Bredagh making themselves right at home with a cool quadruple

By John Campbell

Things just get better and better for the thriving Bredagh club in south Belfast. They may not boast a home pitch of their own, but they certainly know how to make hay on the territory of others.

The curtain has just come down on one of the most successful years in the club's history, which saw the Down intermediate football and hurling titles captured, as well as the county senior ladies football title and the Ulster ladies minor crown.

And to cap the outstanding progress the club has made in the hugely competitive football sphere, three players - Donal Hughes, Alan Davidson and Conor Francis - have been called into the Down senior squad.

The trio may well be given the chance to prove their worth in the Dr McKenna Cup next month. Their call-up is another feather in the cap of a club which, from modest beginnings, has mushroomed into one of the most vibrant GAA units in the province.

The club's latest coup came in winning the provincial ladies minor football crown on Sunday when they beat Moneyglass in the final at the Dub Arena.

And their feat left manager Gerry Rodgers, quite literally, breathless.

"It's staggering really, to see where this club has come from over the last number of years. We train whenever and wherever we can, we could only get a pitch at nine o'clock one night recently but all the girls turned up," revealed Rodgers.

Joint-captain Ella Durkan pointed out that the successful minor squad contains no fewer than seven sets of sisters, thus underpinning the strong family flavour that permeates down through the club.

And former Down hurler Danny Hughes, whose sons play for the club, is in no doubt as to just why success is so prevalent.

"There is a tremendous spirit in all our teams and I think this is what inspires every one of us," said Hughes.

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