Bumper attendances at recent All-Ireland finals have really increased the profile of women's Gaelic football and Dublin's Niamh Collins feels a greater emphasis on skills can make the product even more appealing. 

Collins, from the Foxrock-Cabinteely club, has three All-Ireland titles to her name at inter-county level.

She came onto the Dublin panel in 2014 and in many respects feels it's very much a different game now.

Speaking on RTÉ Sport's The W Podcast, she said: "One of the things we've always tried to push particularly since Mick (Bohan) came in is the skill of Gaelic football.

"I think it has improved quite a bit in the time that I have been on the Dublin panel. Our skill level has really come on. It's like a different sport now."

That said, Collins did not shy away from her disappointment at the quality that was served up in last September's All-Ireland final win over Galway.

On a day of persistent rain, a dour, yet tactically intriguing contest ensued where the Dubs prevailed to make it a hat-trick of titles.

"We weren't able to showcase the skills as well as we wanted on that day," she added.

"Hopefully the day will come that we don't have to prove to everybody how good we can be"

"As a defender it was a day for us. We could put our bodies on the line and stop balls coming in.

"The final is the showcase day. We got great support in the semi-final but all eyes are on the All-Ireland final - the one where people really pay attention. You then want to showcase your sport. 

"We know how good it can be and we want to show that to everybody. Hopefully the day will come that we don't have to prove to everybody how good we can be.

"More people are starting to pay attention and saying 'this is entertaining, this is worth watching'."

In generating more positivity, Collins applauds the works at underage level.

"I think underage is being organised a lot better. I was even speaking to an Under-16 player at an event recently about here progression through the underage. They are focusing a lot more on skills. 

"The championships are more competitive than it might have been than when I was a teenager. That's a natural evolution.

"By the time these 16-year-olds are 26 I think we could have a real big sport on our hands."

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