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Monday 20 November 2017

Carlow ace vows county will earn top-tier spot

Cliona Foley

Cliona Foley

CARLOW'S argument that they are good enough to be playing Division 1 hurling next year was boosted when their club champions Mount Leinster Rangers pulled off a giant-killing on Sunday.

A bid by Carlow and Westmeath to have the 2014 NHL restructured into a new-look 'Super 14' failed by two votes, 19-17, on Saturday, much to the disgust of the Barrowsiders' manager John Meyler and county officials.

Carlow chairman Michael Meaney said 25 counties had told him they would support their motion. "Eight went against us and I'm particularly disappointed with one or two," he said.

Just a day later Mount Leinster Rangers beat Dublin champions Ballyboden St Enda's 1-17 to 3-9 to become the first club from the county to reach the blue riband of Leinster club hurling.

Yet Mount Leinster wing-back and county veteran Edward Coady believes that it would be better for Carlow – who lost a Division 1B relegation play-off to Antrim last season – to disprove the naysayers by earning their promotion on the field of play.

"Last weekend's vote showed how narrow-minded some people are," he said.

"We've been pushing to improve ourselves for a long time and working hard to change the public perception but, in one way, I don't think we could have justified playing in Division 1 next season.

"We had a lot of close results but unfortunately couldn't hold onto our place in 1B, and the place to prove yourself is on the pitch, like we did last Sunday.

"Hopefully we'll do that and get back up to Division 1 soon, but the problem for counties like ourselves is that we just don't have the same number of players to call on.

"In Cork they've probably got 30 clubs, whereas we've got six and that puts you at a disadvantage in terms of numbers locally and the quality of competition."

Irish Independent

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