Council Pinterest Pinterest “It can be hard to come back from the defeats but the reason we do it is because we believe we are good enough to beat these teams.“We ship big scores and we don’t fulfill our potential in certain games. But I think we all believe this year that we are good enough to compete with the best teams.“The new structure isn’t ideal but it does give us the opportunity to get to Croke Park and that is a lot of lads dream.“A fierce lot of lads have never done that and if we get to the final of the Tier 2 competition we will be right back up there next year.“I played there in the minor final but not many other lads have.”Neil Foyle has played for Laois since 2010 and, like captain King, he has never played competitively in GAA Headquarters.He said: “The whole not being in Leinster is not where you want to be.“But for the young panel that we have, this is a good stepping stone to competitive hurling. And this Tier 2 competition is not going to be easy by any stretch of the imagination.“There is fierce competition in there. Obviously, if we get to the latter stages, we will have a day out in Croke Park which will be great for these lads.“I always wanted to give Laois my all growing up and I’m fit and able.“I was injured for the Walsh Cup but I am back now and I got 30 to 40 minutes under my belt in recent challenge games which felt great.“It came just in time as we are hitting the league now in a couple of days.”Captain Ross King is hoping to lead his troops to success this year and he spoke about the honour it is to be the captain again.He said: “I’m very proud to be captain and I never thought I ever would be to be honest.“It is something really happy to have and I never thought I would have the responsibility of it. So I love it.“I’ve had a mixed enough pre-season with little niggles. I picked up my first one playing soccer.“I pulled my groin running away from Lee Cleere another night but I got the all clear last week and I’m ready to go again.”SEE ALSO – In Pictures: Wet conditions but huge turnout for annual Great Heath Run Twitter By Alan Hartnett – 24th January 2018 Facebook Permission granted for housing development in Abbeyleix while further homes planned in Portarlington Twitter TAGSCroke ParkLeigh BerginNeil FoyleRoss King RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Laois County Council team up with top chef for online demonstration on tips for reducing food waste King, Bergin and Foyle aiming to play in Croke Park Laois County Council create ‘bigger and better’ disability parking spaces to replace ones occupied for outdoor dining Previous articleGood news for children and teenagers with diabetes in LaoisNext articleLaois Ladies U-16 panel finalised for the 2018 season Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. Home Sport GAA King, Bergin and Foyle aiming to play in Croke Park SportGAAHurling WhatsApp WhatsApp Community Facebook Council Croke Park The Laois senior hurlers decided to reappoint Rathdowney-Errill’s Ross King as captain for the 2018 season.But manager Eamonn Kelly has also chosen to appoint two vice-captains – Shanahoe’s Leigh Bergin and Borris-Kilcotton’s Neil Foyle.Of the three of them, only Bergin, who is the youngest, has played on the hallowed turf of Croke Park.That was in a Leinster minor final in 2013 and he, along with the other two, have set a firm goal of getting there with the Laois seniors this year by topping the Round Robin of the new Tier 2 competition.Shanahoe’s Leigh Bergin is embarking on just his third year with the hurlers.Yet he is one of the few players to experience playing in Croke Park before now.He said: “This is my third year playing with the seniors now. Being vice-captain brings a bit more, I have to show leadership qualities.“So that will be different. Especially from my first year with the panel when I didn’t open my mouth at all.