Thursday 22 February 2018

Brudair chooses Conleth's Park over Croke Park

John Brudair, Limerick manager. Picture credit: David Maher / Sportsfile
John Brudair, Limerick manager. Picture credit: David Maher / Sportsfile

Jackie Cahill

John Brudair has chosen St Conleth's Park in Newbridge ahead of the Croke Park touchline next Sunday after being faced with a selection dilemma.

Brudair is manager of the relegation-threatened Limerick footballers as they prepare for a crunch Allianz League Division 3 clash with Kildare - and he's also in charge of the Milford team preparing for an All-Ireland senior camogie final against Killimor at GAA HQ.

The footballers throw in at 1.30 and the camogie final is fixed for 3.15, which could enable Brudair to make the second half after he high-tails it from Newbridge.

Brudair confirmed: "My priority is with Limerick at the moment and hopefully I can get to some of the camogie after. That's the plan, to make it for the second half, if all goes to schedule."

Milford are aiming for a third senior title in three seasons but will go into battle once again without captain Sarah Sexton, who's recovering from her second cruciate knee ligament injury.

Otherwise, Brudair is picking from a full deck as the Cork outfit look to regain the Bill Carroll Cup they last won two years ago.

Milford went through a light training session on Wednesday evening and Brudair put the Limerick footballers through their paces on Tuesday and Thursday. With just one point from three outings - at home to Tipperary on the opening day - Brudair is acutely aware of Limerick's plight.

He said: "We were disappointed with our return. In the first two, we put ourselves in a great position to get full points but we didn't play well the last day (against Clare).

"We made too many silly individual errors and never got the pace of the game. We had the first two games by the scruff of the neck with ten minutes to go and they could come back to haunt us."

Irish Independent

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