Carlow senior hurling manager Colm Bonnar says his side will have learned an awful lot from playing top quality opposition in the opening three rounds of matches in the National League.
Speaking to KCLR after Saturday night’s heavy defeat to Waterford, Colm says their performance in Dungarvan wasn’t a true reflection on the standard of Carlow hurling.
“The players learned an awful lot about their game and about playing better opposition so that’s very positive for us”, says Bonnar.
“Yes, we were very despondent after that loss and the way we were reduced to 13 players.”
“It’s not what Carlow are about and I suppose that is probably one of the most disappointing parts for us as a management team, but there is not much more I can say on it.”
Meanwhile, it looks like the odds are stacked against Marty Kavanagh togging out in Sunday’s must-win home clash with Laois.
‘Mouse’ went off injured during the first-half of Saturday’s defeat against Waterford.
“It looks like a hamstring, so if it is, that doesn’t turn around in seven days”, said Bonnar following an early injury assessment.
“That’s why you have a strong panel. He has been leading from the front, he has been a top class for us, but we haven’t ruled anyone out.”
Kavanagh is expected to get some cryotherapy treatment this week, with the Carlow physio team set to make a call ahead of the weekend.
“I suppose Marty on any team would be a loss, but having said that we have players who can step up and do a job for us well, so we are confident we have a very strong panel.”
Carlow face Laois in a must-win game at Netwatch Cullen Park this Sunday at 2pm.
Catch the game live on air and online at kclrfanzone.com.