After the success of the Limerick hurlers this year, Declan Nash is hoping his camogie side can soar to similar heights when he takes the reins for 2019.
Nash worked as strength and conditioning coach for the past three years before taking over for John Tuohy after the National League campaign in April. He was then appointed full-term manager for 2019 last month.
Speaking about the managerial announcement, Nash said: “I’m delighted to be entering my fourth year with the Limerick Camogie team. It’s going to be a bigger challenge as manager for sure, but I’m really looking forward to it.”
“It was a big step up before the Championship. We had some bad results, up against some quality opposition. But I really feel it could be a big year for us”.
The National League will commence in early February with Limerick grouped with Kilkenny, Dublin, Offaly and Clare in the draft fixtures.
“Sure look, there is going to be no easy match for Limerick,” said Nash. “We just need to focus on ourselves, start off well and take it from there.”
“We reaches the league semi-final this year, and obviously we’re aiming for that and more in 2019,” Nash added.
Nash himself plays soccer with Rathkeale and GAA with Ballysteen, and will be joined by former Limerick camogie captain Michelle Casey and Darragh O’Grady as selectors.
“We currently have a provisional squad until January,” explained Nash. “We see them on a few occasions before then, see what’s required, and then on the first week of January we create a squad we feel has a good mix of youth and experience.
“We still have Claire McNamara out from last year with her cruciate, but apart from her we have no major injury concerns to worry about.”
Nash also feels that due to his previous experience as strength and conditioning coach, it allows for a different atmosphere with the players.
“There’s definitely a closer connection with the players. I know them a little more than a new manager coming in. It’s a different style of conversation now that I’m manager, but my previous experience with the team has definitely helped.”
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