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Wednesday 23 April 2014

Nightmare rolls on for Carlow

Tullow coming to town Saturday

CARLOW'S poor season continued at the weekend as they went down 35-0 to Wicklow.

Its now five straight losses for the J1s and they have conceded 121 points in those five games. Perhaps most worryingly for the hoops is the fact that they have now failed to score in two of those games, last weekend against Wicklow and in early October when they went down 22-0 to Clondalkin. Andy Dooley says its a rebuilding process in the club. "I suppose we lost eight or nine players from one thing or another, some lads left to further their career, some had to leave due to work and other lads retired, so all those things came at a bad time".

Employment was an area that Carlow used to gain players from. "When I played we used to get a couple of players from Braun and places like that but those factories are gone and we can't rely on it, we're rebuilding, and that's it.".

One of the biggest local rugby derbys in the south east gets underway at the weekend with Carlow taking on Tullow, and Dooley says it would be the ideal way to kick start the season; "It would be an ideal kickstart, over 2,000 people went to both games last year. We're using the game as a tool to launch a white collar boxing night against Tullow too, so hopefully we can get going".

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