Westmeath Senior Hurling manager Michael Ryan has described the first round of the National League as cut throat business.
Speaking to KCLR ahead of tomorrow(Sunday’s) League opener away to Carlow, Michael says it’s a big test for both sides.
“Ah sure I suppose, like everybody else, we have prepared well, but it’s the first game of the League so nobody knows what’s going to happen, and it’s the first big test.
“This is cut throat business and the first round of the League is vital so actually we won’t know how we are going on the day, we are hoping to perform well.
“Carlow beat us last year up in Mullingar, playing very well, I think they are in a good place with Colm Bonnar in charge and they also did well in the Walsh Cup, and they are a very formidable side.
“Over the years, there hasn’t been much between the teams, a couple of points either way, we have come out of the right side, they have come out the right side, so it’s going probably to be very tight again, but it’s a critical game no doubt about that,” he said.