Saturday 18 November 2017

Farney flip over high grading

MONAGHAN will be kicking up a stink about the hurling championship structures at Congress in a fortnight's time because they feel they are being graded too highly, WRITES CLIONA FOLEY.

The groupings for each tier of the restructured hurling championship up until 2013, will be formalised at this year's Congress and Monaghan are graded in the Nicky Rackard Cup with Roscommon, Sligo, Armagh, Tyrone, Louth, Fingal and London.

But they will be formally opposing the gradings, as they continue to protest that they should be regraded and included in the bottom-tier Lory Meagher Cup.

Monaghan argue that they are the only current Division 4 team listed to be in the Rackard Cup until 2013. They lost a play-off to Sligo last year and expected to be relegated.

"We seem to be beating our heads against a brick wall," said Monaghan manager Frank Brady. "We are in with quite a number of teams who are playing in a higher division and quite honestly we are not ready for that level yet.

"You need to be playing in a competition where you have a reasonable chance of success, but even in the (2010) draw we were given the hardest game of any of the teams, an away match against Roscommon. It just beggars belief," he added.

Irish Independent

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