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Published: 10:02 | 11/2/16

Chin hopes Model can drive on

Lee Chin admits the Wexford hurlers must be mentally prepared if they are to enjoy a successful 2016.

Having defeated Clare and Waterford to reach the All-Ireland SHC quarter-final in 2014, the Model County suffered a 24-point hammering at the hands of Kilkenny in last year's Leinster Championship before going down to Cork in the qualifiers.

Chin admits they have a mental block when it comes to their Leinster rivals and he accepts they must address if it they are to drive on this summer.

"After last year we’d be keen to try and get back and redeem ourselves in some way,” Chin is quoted as saying in the Irish Examiner.

"Last year was a total disappointment and the Kilkenny game was down to us mentally. We did seem fatigued and drained in some way but we were right with them until the 44/45th minute mark.

"They just blew us out of the water then with a couple of goals and points and it’s like their kill zone. They just drive on. It is a mental block you have to get over too, but it’s a new day and a new summer, so who knows what will happen."

Wexford are scheduled to meet Dublin at Croke Park in the Leinster Championship on May 21, the first time in nine years that they will play at GAA headquarters in the summer.

Chin got his first taste of playing at Croke Park in last month's Walsh Cup final and the 23-year-old admits their lack of appearances at the Dublin venue is a sign of how they have struggled in recent years.

"As a Wexford senior hurling team that was first time most of us had played there. I think the last time Wexford played in Croke Park was nine years ago. It’s too long," he acknowledged.

"But that’s down to ourselves. It’s a sign we haven’t been going well.

"When you are there mostly it’s for a big occasion so every footballer or hurler has an ambition to get there.

"We played there in the Walsh Cup final two weeks ago and that was my first time there with the Wexford senior team, the same for a lot of boys.

"This year it’s fortunate that we have Dublin first and that’s the way the draw goes. But as for other years, we have no-one to blame but ourselves because we weren’t putting in the performances to deserve to be there on the big day."

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