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GAA: “Lot of Hurling to Be Done Yet” – Billy Carr

Junior B Hurling Final Replay – Saturday, 20th October 2018

Ballinderreen 0-13 Killimor 0-9

Darren Kelly in Loughrea

One only has to spend seconds in Ballinderreen manager Billy Carr’s company to know why the parish adore him, the hurlers respect him and he’s track record as a coach/manager is second to none.

In the past, Carr led Ballinderreen to a county senior hurling quarter-final.  And was a selector back in 2011 when the club won the All-Ireland Junior B Championship.

That manager, Joe Connolly, is part of the managerial set-up along with Noel Linnane and the three mentors, minutes after beating Killimor for a county title, were already planning their national assault which begins three weeks later.

Ballinderreen Junior B Hurling
The Ballindeereen Junior B team which defeated Killimor in the Junior B final. Back row left to right: Billy Carr ( manger) Pat Sheeehan, Luke Tully, Padraig Lafferty, Aidan Linnane, Colin Kelly, Alan Organ, Gary Forde, Gavin Duffy, Gary Molloy, Jamie Molloy, Pakie Carr, Barry Duffy, Shane Lyons, Noel Linnane , Martina Linnane. Front row left to right
Michael Kelly, Mark Ganly, Sean Corcoran, Hugh Moylan, Allen Martyn, Colm Gill (capt) Niall Gill, Aidan Duffy, Kevin Coen, Christy Mc Tigue, Keith Carr, Conor Crotty, Sean Meehan, Missing from Pic.. Pakie Lane. (Photo – Joe Keane)

“Magnificent stuff,” said Carr afterwards.  “We started early on in the year (and) the first training session, we had two.  The second session, we had four.  But from there we progressed and we got together.  They’re a mighty bunch of lads.

“They’re a very hard bunch of lads.  They won’t back away from anything.  They’re not a dirty team or anything.  They’re a great bunch of lads and it was a joy to work with them.”

The players were quick to get behind the 2018 effort and the 23-men were gladly rewarded with silverware after four hard games (they also went to a semi-final replay against Oranmore/Maree)

“No discrimination against anyone,” laughed Carr when asked about any age limit to his squad.  “Young or old, it doesn’t matter.

“While I’m saying this, I’d like to give credit to Joe Connolly and Noel Linnane.  They haven’t missed a training session since we started.  They’ve been absolutely brilliant.  And hopefully, we’ll go on to win the big one now again, the All-Ireland.

“And Mattie.  Without the club, you’ve nothing.  And you have to everyone behind you and we did.  And Martina Linnane, she did the physio and the first aid.  It was absolutely fantastic.

“There’s a lot of hurling to be done yet I’m telling you.  A lot of hurling.

Ballinderreen face Longford’s Wolfe Tones in the 2018 Leinster Junior B Hurling Semi-Final on Saturday, 10th November.  Throw-in at Pairc Ide NaofaRaheenagh, Co. Limerick is 1pm.

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