THE timing of this year’s Ulster Club Hurling league may have a detrimental effect upon Monaghan’s National Hurling League campaign.
New boss Mattie Lennon has had less than two months to run trials, select a panel, and implement training systems, but he revealed that the Ulster Club tournament has impinged upon that.
“We didn’t have a huge amount of time to prepare, and unfortunately the Ulster Club league has been running since the start of February. That has been a bit of a distraction, which doesn’t help when you are picking from a small number of clubs. It is maybe different for other counties but there aren’t many clubs in Monaghan,” Lennon said.
The current county champions Castleblayney provide the county team with 11 players, and they have all been playing in the Ulster Club league.
Even Carrickmacross, one of the weaker hurling teams in the county, have been involved in a pre-season competition, the Tain league.
“We have to work with the clubs, because we can’t have the players overdoing it. A few of them have already picked up injuries already. Hopefully they will clear up soon,” Lennon added.
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