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Tony Considine tells Carlow to focus on promotion

Updated: Thursday, 21 Nov 2013 13:46 | Comments

Carlow and Westmeath will not be in Division 1B next season
Carlow and Westmeath will not be in Division 1B next season

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RTÉ analyst Tony Considine believes Carlow and Westmeath should focus on promotion from the lower tiers of the Allianz Hurling League after the GAA's decision not to change the format.

Last Saturday, Central Council opted to retain the status quo of two graded sections that include six teams in each section, which will not include the two Leinster counties.

Considine said: “I don't think they have any case. The structure of the league now is very good. If you look at the league last year, even the relegation battle between Cork and Clare, both teams ended up in the All-Ireland final.

“Look at Dublin and Limerick that were in Division 1B, they were Munster and Leinster champions and the All-Ireland semi-finalists. I don't think they have anything to complain about. If they are good enough to get up there into Division 1B, next year will be the year for them.

“Then they can have no complaints. I think there is too much complaining. People should get on with it, get their team in order, get their players going early on and try to get out of the division they are.

“Look at the quality games you have next year. Every game is important next year for relegation and promotion. I think that is has made the league attractive in the last number of years.”

Carlow hurling received a major boost as Mount Leinster Rangers became the first club from the county to reach a Leinster final after a shock win over Ballyboden St Enda’s.

Considine feels the club should be an inspiration to the inter-county team.

He added: “Carlow were in Division 1B last year and they got relegated. Laois went down the year before and they went up again. It is up to Carlow to get out of that in Division 1B. If they are good enough, they will get into Division 1B and they can then look forward to Division 1A.

“I’m delighted for Mount Leinster Rangers. They played the Dublin champions last week, who are regarded as a strong county now, and beat them.

“It is up the county now to do the same and get up to Division 1B. I think it's great to have Mount Leinster Rangers in the Leinster final and their county has to improve now.

“Stop moaning and complaining and get on with it.”

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