Manager hits out at Limerick club football schedule

Jerome O’Connell

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Jerome O’Connell

Fr Caseys' manager John Colbert
AHEAD of the weekend’s start of the Limerick SFC, one club manager has hit out at the unavailability of ‘county players’ to their respective clubs.

AHEAD of the weekend’s start of the Limerick SFC, one club manager has hit out at the unavailability of ‘county players’ to their respective clubs.

Former Limerick minor football manager John Colbert is in charge of Fr Caseys and has called for round two to be postponed, amid claims of “impossible” preparations due to the post league training schedule of John Brudair’s inter-county panel.

“As club senior manager I have always encouraged players to take any opportunity presented to them to play at county level, firmly believing that it is not only vital that we field the best teams possible as a county but also that training at county level improves players and exposes them to games played at a higher level which are played at a higher intensity,” said Colbert.

But the man who led Kerry’s Fingue to the 2013 All Ireland club IFC final, said that the situation is “ludicrous”.

“If this is to continue the clubs of the county, my own included, will be most reluctant to encourage players to get involved at county level. Surely we should all be pulling together for the good of Limerick football. A strong senior championship is surely vital for the development of football in our county. This behaviour is making a mockery of the championship,” said Colbert.

The Abbeyfeale man said that numerous attempts were made to get Limerick GAA officials to address the issue.

“County manager only paying lip-service to clubs by leaving the six to seven days prior to the championship free while completely monopolising the previous 10-days. These six to seven days can’t be used by county manager anyway as there would be uproar if there was collective training during the week leading up to the championship games. These six to seven days are of absolutely no use to club managers, no club is going to train or play challenge games in this period - too close to championship. It is the 10 days prior to this that is vital for club preparation.”

He called for the second round (May 8-10) to be postponed if changes aren’t made to the county training.

“The scenario for the second game is even worse - once the first round championship game is over the club manager does not see his players until the Monday night week afterwards (May 4) as a training weekend is planned.”