Teddy heartened by Laois show
FOR Laois manager Teddy McCarthy the old Chinese proverb 'even the journey of a thousand miles begins with one small step' is probably the best summation of where the Cork dual All-Ireland winner currently stands with his new team.
Laois have turned over managers far too quickly in the span of this particular group of players and McCarthy's predecessor, Brendan Fennelly, left after just a year grumbling about the lack of interest and commitment from some within the camp.
Asked if he had encountered any such problem in his initial exposure to the job and its environs, McCarthy was adamant.
"None whatsoever," he stated.
And having admitted to being surprised at his new troops' win a week earlier against DIT, he was more bullish about yesterday's Bord na Móna Walsh Cup quarter-final result, even if they are two positive steps along the lengthy and arduous road which lies before Laois hurling.
"We have to put everything into context," he insisted. "Dublin probably had their second team out. But at the end of the day we can only play what is put up against us and in fairness to the guys today, they picked up where they left off last week.
"All these games are good for us, we need to be playing the likes of Dublin to see where we stand fitness-wise, hurling-wise and ability-wise.
"And fair play to the boys they have put in a huge effort since the third of January and we are getting huge turnouts in training and for want of a better word," he continued, "everything is rosy in the garden at the moment."