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Good Week/Bad Week: Westmeath, Carlow & Seamus Harnedy

It was a weekend to remember for Westmeath and Carlow as the Allianz Hurling League turned the final corner.

Good Week

Westmeath Hurling

A marvellous result for the Lake County, achieving promotion to the higher echelons of league hurling for the first time in 32 years. There were some magnificent performances in their 2A win over Kerry, with Tommy and Killian Doyle the stand-outs.

Wexford Hurling

Any day where a Wexford team beat Kilkenny by seven points is a day the Slaneysiders will cherish, irrespective of month, weather conditions or missing players.

Tipperary Hurling

They’ve rallied impressively, with the move to restore Jason Forde as the play-maker in chief the correct one. Michael Breen was also a key player as the Premier stamped their authority on proceedings from an early stage. A home quarter-final against Dublin is their reward, and one in which they would be widely fancied to claim the spoils.

Carlow Hurling

The rising continues. Incredible scenes as everyone’s favourite underdog continue to defy the odds. They looked a beaten docket in Tullamore, down to 14 men and clawing back an 11 point deficit at half-time. Colm Bonnar will be a sought after manager if he continues to develop this panel.

Shane Bennett

A moment of cheeky tactical genius ensured that Shane Bennett was the viral sensation of the weekend, while the in-form attacker also contributed 1-1 – including the game winning goal.

Bad Week

Cork Hurling

Comparing the Cork Hurlers with the French rugby team might by hyperbolic, but there are certain similarities, particularly based on this years’ league form. Soundly beaten in their first two games, they rallied to impressive victories over Clare and Limerick, before capitulating yesterday against Tipp at home. There’s no denying they’ve placed little emphasis on the league, yet the resounding beating yesterday was troubling.

Wexford Camogie

First, the 2012 All-Ireland champions couldn’t field a team for a league game, now they’re refusing to fulfill a relegation-deciding fixture against Offaly because it’s being played on a 4G pitch. Not exactly a recipe for PR success down in the south-east.

Seamus Harnedy

A silly red card in the dying embers of the game against Tipperary, wasn’t a good look for one of the Rebels’ key and most experienced panel members.

Offaly Hurling

Broken record. 11 points up at half-time and a man up on the field also. Oh, and they were playing at home. We predicted their pride wouldn’t allow them to plunge into the murky depths of Division 2A. How wrong we were.

Sligo Hurling

Hockeyed Longford the week before in the round 5 game, admittedly, perhaps against something of a dummy team. Still doesn’t justify losing out on promotion here, a victory the side and hurling in the county could have badly done with.

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