Carlow champions Mount Leinster Rangers have certainly done their bit to put Carlow hurling on the map having been deservedly crowned Leinster club champions last Sunday.
Their win has earned them the respect their efforts deserve - a respect which is not too forthcoming at inter-county level for the likes of Westmeath and Carlow who are doing their very best to reach the next level in hurling’s hierarchy. The win by the Barrowsiders also offers valuable lessons to hurling folk in the Lake County disappointed at Westmeath’s exclusion from the top tier of the hurling league.
Paul Bealin will experience his first competitive game as Westmeath senior football manager when his side take on Meath in the Fitzimmons tournament in Kells this Sunday. Bealin has been busy since his appointment in laying the foundations for what will hopefully be a success tenure with him at the helm.
Bealin is working with an extended panel of 40 at the moment but this will be cut before the league so Sunday’s game is sure to feature an experimental outfit. A similarly experimental side already accounted for Longford in a recent challenge.
Castlebar Mitchell’s (aet) 3-13
St Brigid’s 2-12