JIMMY LEE has taken on a dual role this season with the Newcastle West GAA club – manager of senior footballers and intermediate bowlers.
He had different teams behind the scenes, but given the large number of dual players, Lee felt that a dual tenure could benefit everyone.
The pitchers lost after extra time in the Limerick Premier IHC semi-final against Bruff, while this Sunday the footballers tried to retain their Limerick SFC title.
Newcastle West have won three Fr Casey Cup titles in the past seven years, but this team’s bid has a new look with a number of young stars entering their panel and squad.
When Limerick reached the minor football final of Munster 2021, there were three from Newcastle West in the starting squad and they are among the newcomers to complete their bid for the title.
“It’s been important because it’s actually been the catalyst to get the best out of the guys because the competition is there and it’s also there for Adare and they also have competition for places. That’s hugely important for the team life because if you don’t have someone behind you chomping on your heels then will you go the extra mile to make it happen Guys do this the moment you see people like Emmet, Ruadhan , Todd, Sean, Evan and many others push the guys and it gives him a little more drive,” Jimmy Lee pointed out.
Whether it’s football, hurling or camogie, Lee is a convinced man for Newcastle West and knows the value of the county final day and indeed the success of any GAA club.
“It’s always something to look forward to,” he said of the Limerick SFC final.
“The GAA is a big part of the community and it’s important for a club like Newcastle West to get as involved as possible and to get out there in the community and being in the final is important in driving the club into the meaning to get people involved and of course young people like to see a bit of silverware and that’s what it’s all about.
Silverware but not back-to-back silverware?
“It’s the title year 2022 and that’s what it’s all about. You can get bogged down in those things if you want to but it’s my job not to let that affect the guys and that’s what I will do!
What about his unusual dual role this season?
“We succeeded as best we could,” he smiles.
“It’s all about them (players) ultimately and managing their workload. They have an academic and personal life and you have to be fair to them. We ask a lot of them, so it was also a question of managing this aspect. If we were to follow the training separately, they could be absent every night of the week and that would create injuries and problems,” he explained.
“We are quite happy with how it is going. We got through the hardest part and you don’t look past the last game.
And, next on that schedule is and the Adare side they know more than well.
“They’re a good team and they know how to win and the Adare management team know how to win so it has the ingredients to be a good game. We won’t take the opposition lightly and that’s for sure.
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