NA Piarsaigh manager Sean Stack is preparing to play a low key role in Sunday’s Munster club final against his native side.
It is understood that Stack, who is in his fifth season with the Caherdavin men, could watch the game from the stand in Cusack Park, amid conflicting emotions.
“I would rather be in Spain”, joked Stack.
But it’s not the first time that Stack has faced into an uncomfortable Munster club SHC final.
Back in 1993, he coached Toomevara to the final, where Sixmilebridge were the opponents.
Complicating matters, Stack was still playing with The Bridge!
“You wouldn’t realise until you’re directly involved but I can tell you it was the worst day ever,” Stack recalled.
“It was very hard to deal with it. I was close to the Toome boys at the time. I spent two years there and won two championships. It tugged at the heartstrings. This is a bit different as I was playing with the Bridge at the time. But it’s not going to be an enjoyable day. I’d prefer to be in Spain,” he said of Sunday.
He is preparing to “take a back step totally” for Sunday.
“I’m just taking a back step totally on Sunday. Na Piarsaigh understand that. We’ve been together 92 times this year and this is my fourth year (as manager) with them. And we’re going for a second Munster club. I’ll go the match and enjoy it as best I can.”
Stack won seven Clare SHC titles and a Munster club with Sixmilebridge.
Indeed his managed many of the Sixmilebridge team at U-21 level in 2011.
“I’d know them all really well — a great bunch of lads, the nicest fellas you could imagine. They’re a different breed — so committed and disciplined,” he said of the Sixmilebridge side.