1 September 2011 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Monaghan’s rise and rise up camogie’s rankings took another leap forward last Sunday when the county’s finest captured the All-Ireland Junior ‘B’ Championship title for the second successive year, writes KEVIN CARNEY
Monaghan’s love affair with the Maire Ni Chinneide Cup continues unabated following the county’s magnificent victory over Wicklow in last Sunday’s All-Ireland Junior “B” Camogie Championship final.
The Oriel county struck gold last year in getting their hands on the Cup and history repeated itself last weekend when the Malachy Trainor-managed side overcame the Garden County in a thrilling encounter.
Beating Wicklow represented a fairytale result on a personal front for Clontibret clubman Trainor as he only took over the management of the county squad in June last.
More than a handful of the 2010 Monaghan-winning team stepped aside but the 2011 thinki-tank introduced four newcomers to the fold to work the oracle.
Now having beaten Cavan and Wicklow in back-to-back all-Ireland finals, Trainor says the whole question of whether Monaghan could or should step up in class will come into focus:
“That’s the six million dollar question,” Trainor conceded when asked whether Monaghan will now move up to the Junior ‘A” grade.
“Maybe it’ll be the case that Croke Park don’t give us any choice and insist that we move up but Cavan did likewise last year and suffered some very heavy defeats so it’ll take some thinking about.
“Considering it was Cavan who Monaghan beat in last year’s Junior ‘B’ final, you wouldn’t like to think the same would happen us if the county board decided to go down the same road.
“Going up a grade would mean taking on the likes of Tyrone, Westmeath and Carlow who have strong camogie traditions and have a better pedigree than Monaghan.
“There’s a strong camogie fraternity in Monaghan but it’s small, a lot smaller than some of the counties you’d come up against at Junior A.
“We’ve been working with a panel of 24 or 25 players all year but they were great, very committed and very determined to hang onto the Cup.”
Trainor suggests that a meeting of the county board in the coming week will go a long way to deciding what grade Monaghan will wish to compete in next year but he doesn’t rule out the likelihood that the matter will be out of the hands of the local power-brokers and that the game’s authorities based in Croker will decide the county’s fate in that regard.

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