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Judge Judy
RE: Irish teams for European XC
Nobody is doubting that Mark Carroll has produced some great runs over teh years and has done some great things for Irish Athletics. He is the best Irish Mens long/mid distance runner every in my opinion. However, he is past it and should not be selected just because of who he is. Where was Carroll in the past 10 years for Euro cross when Ireland could have done with him on the team and helped out big time??? He's only jumping on the team now coz he sees a good chance of the team getting medals with fagan and ledwith there. Maybe Murray or Christie will pop a good one and after that medals are probable. However, I feel that people should have to run the trial unless they have something else preventing them from doing it such as NCAAs or sickness. It doesn't look good for AAI that Carroll is an employee of theirs and walks onto the team easily preventing Joe McAllister a spot - Joe was 30th or there abouts last year and has been on the team at least 4 or 5 times and I think he should have been picked. Richie Yeates and Ashling Baker getting picked is also very dodgy. I honestly hope that Mark, Richie and Ashling produce the goods and do Ireland proud, they are all great athletes in their own right but if they don't there'll be some serious questions asked off Athletics Ireland.

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